I was reading the 3rd chapter of the first letter of John, and read the following:
Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not; and whosoever sinneth, hath not seen him, nor known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you. He that doth justice is just, even as he is just.
8 He that commmitteth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God appeared, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God, commmitteth not sin: for his seed abideth in him, and he can not sin, because he is born of God.
This is pretty clear that those who are of God do not sin. However, we know that we are all sinners, and I doubt there are any of us who will never sin again, despite our best efforts. How is this text reconciled with the fact of our sinfulness? Was John only referring to “deadly” sin?
I am a little confused over this text.