28 Days of Christmas Devotions: The Greatest Gift-The Gift of Christ
“We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.” I John 5:18
Whether by race, culture, economics, education, or politics the world loves to divide people into groups. In God’s realm, there are only two divisions; those who are born of God, and those who aren’t. I have already made it clear that God has given everyone a choice as to whether or not they will accept Him. Regardless of your race, education, economics, culture, or political views, if you are born of God you are a child of God. The, those who are born of God’s side, is inclusive for all who will call on the name of Jesus.
If you are then born of God you have died to all of the ways of the world. Your identity is now found in God. You have died to your former identity of sin and now that you are born of God, “We know that no one who is born of God sins.” The bible doesn’t teach that a Christian cannot sin, however, it is abundantly clear that a Christian will not live in sin. If one calls himself a Christian and lives in unrepentant sin, He, “lies and does not practice the truth.” (I John 1:6). His identity isn’t found in sin, or anything else of this world, it is found in God, and God alone.
If our identity is found in God we are belong to God. We are after all His redeemed children. John tells us how we have overcome sin and the world in I John 4:4 when he said, “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” Through Jesus we have, past tense, overcome the world. It is already done; we simply by faith need to walk in it.
Satan is the one who is “in the world.” John said in I John 5:19, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” Fortunately for us, those who are born of God are not of the world, they are of God. Yet, so many Christians walk in constant fear that Satan is going to distract them or deceive them. Yet, the bible is clear, “the evil one does not touch them.” He can’t. The bible teaches us that those who are in Christ have His victory. We see this in I Corinthians 15:57, “but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and again in Romans 8:37, “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” Satan, the evil one, is already defeated.
We have also clearly established that God is the Father of all who have accepted His Son. With this in mind Jesus said in Like 11:11-13, Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he? Or if he is asked for an egg, he will not give him a scorpion, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” If we are truly seeking God He will not allow the evil one to slip through the back door and still the victory. God has us. He protects us. He provides for His. He has already given us the victory. Truly, we have the greatest gift the world has ever seen.
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