1 John 3:8-9

8 The one who practices sin [separating himself from God, and offending Him by acts of disobedience, indifference, or rebellion] is of the devil [and takes his inner character and moral values from him, not God]; for the devil has sinned and violated God’s law from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God [deliberately, knowingly, and habitually] practices sin, because <sup class=”footnote” data-fn=”#fen-AMP-30589a” data-link=”[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[<sup class=”footnote” data-fn=”#fen-AMP-30589a” data-link=”[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>a<sup class=”footnote” data-fn=”#fen-AMP-30589a” data-link=”[a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>]God’s seed [His principle of life, the essence of His righteous character] remains [permanently] in him [who is born again—who is reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose]; and he [who is born again] cannot habitually [live a life characterized by] sin, because he is born of God and longs to please Him. 10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are clearly identified: anyone who does not practice righteousness [who does not seek God’s will in thought, action, and purpose] is not of God, nor is the one who does not [unselfishly] <sup class=”footnote” data-fn=”#fen-AMP-30590b” data-link=”[b]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>[<sup class=”footnote” data-fn=”#fen-AMP-30590b” data-link=”[b]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>b<sup class=”footnote” data-fn=”#fen-AMP-30590b” data-link=”[b]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: top;”>]love his [believing] brother.

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