“Whosover Is Born of God, Doth Not Commit Sin.”

“Whosover is born of God, doth not commit sin.”
(1st John 3:9)

What is here said of the seed of CHRIST, and their inability to commit sin, is wholly in reference to their spiritual nature. For thus the words express it. “Whosoever is born of GOD, doth not commit sin.” The new-birth, or the being born of GOD, which is the same thing, is wholly spiritual. For the body of flesh remains the same in the Adam-nature of a fallen state. And as it is corrupt and sinful, so its daily tendencies are to corruption. At the last day it will arise a glorified body; and though sown in dishonour at death, it will be raised in glory at the resurrection. Whereas the spiritual part of every child of GOD, when new born in GOD from the Adam-nature, induced by the fall, being dead in trespasses and sins, is quickened to a new and spiritual life. And, as this scripture blessedly saith, “he cannot sin, because he is born of GOD…and his seed remaineth in him.” (1st John 3:9)

It is “born not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, which liveth and abideth forever.” (1st Peter 1:23)

Robert Hawker (1753-1827)

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