1 John 3:4-24 deals with the two natures of the believer in action. 1 John 3:9 says, “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” Commit means, in this context, “to do some act, or make some declaration, which may bind the person in honor, good faith, or consistency, to pursue a certain course of conduct, or to adhere to the tenor of that declaration.” The passage does not say, “doth not sin.” It says, “doth not commit sin.” The new nature cannot sin, but the old nature can. Dr. J. Vernon McGee thoroughly explains this matter in his studies on 1 John.
Can psychology deal with the old nature? What about all the books written and sermons preached to deal with the old nature? The following short audio of teaching by Dr. J. Vernon McGee, in this short 3 minute 13 second audio, addresses these questions and more:
Dr. McGee on psychology and controlling the new nature.
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February 12, 2022
In 1 John, 2:1-4:21, the theme is “God is love” or “walking in love.”
1 John 2:3-5 says: “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”
In the above verses, what is the meaning of “his commandments?” “What is the meaning of “his word?” How is the love of God perfected?
The Holy Spirit, through Paul, commanded, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25). He did not also say, “wives love your husbands,” or “Churches love Christ.” Why? This brief Bible lesson by Dr. J. Vernon McGee gives an answer. Click here to go to the study on audio.
For Dr. McGee’s complete audio study of 1 John 2:3-8, click here.
What are the 2 marks of a Christian? Christians are to love brothers and sisters in Christ. Are we to also love the lost? How about false teachers (apostates who deny the deity of Christ)? Are we to love them? Which is to prevail, love or truth? Which comes first? In what bounds and context can love be expressed?
These are preeminent matters. This study, by Dr. J. Vernon McGee, looks at those issues and much more.
To hear a 14 minute excerpt from the study click Intro to 2 John.
To go to the entire online study, go to Thru the Bible Radio, Intro. to 2 John; and for links to all of Dr. McGee’s 5 year program of Bible Study, click here.