Skip to main content

1 John 3:7: Everyone Who Practices Righteousness

1 John 3:7
[7] Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. (ESV)

Maybe you have heard the expression, "If it acts like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, it's a duck." What's the point? The point is that actions tell the true story.  There are many who claim to be something that they are not.  In the Early Church false teachers were bringing deceptive words to sway the believers into their falsehood.  They did not see fit to live a godly lifestyle yet they felt that they could claim to be righteous.

John says, "let no one deceive you." Anyone can claim to be righteous, but the one who is genuinely righteous is the one who acts righteously.  If it ain't quacking, it's not a duck.  John is speaking of new habits. New actions. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous.  This stands in contrast to the practice of lawlessness that he has described in previous verses.  Basically, those who do not know the Lord are habitual sinners.  Those who do know the Lord take on new habits of righteousness.

This passage has everything to do with our nature.  We either have an old (sinful) nature or we have a new (righteous) nature.  Our behavior will make it very evident which nature we have.  There is a wonderful passage in Ephesians where the Apostle Paul talks about the sinful nature and new nature:

Ephesians 4:22–24
[22] to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, [23] and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, [24] and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (ESV)

What self have you put on?  If you know the Lord, put on the new self, created in God's image.  We will all know that you have put on the new self if your actions back it up.


Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 15:14: I Myself Am Satisfied About You, My Brothers

Romans 15:14 [14] I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV) The Apostle Paul was a strong man. His words to the churches in all of his letters are full of doctrinal truth and instruction that are not for the faint of heart. In this letter to the church at Rome he had to correct them in their understanding of how to deal with issues that could potentially divide them. Paul had never even been to Rome yet. He had not met these believers. Paul is telling the church at Rome in this verse that the reason they were able to receive his strong words was because of their spiritual maturity. He declares that they are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. This is an incredible compliment that Paul would not offer to every church. This concept of being filled with goodness and knowledge speaks of a group of believers who had listened to t

Romans 15:22: This Is The Reason Why I Have So Often Been Hindered From Coming To You.

Romans 15:22 [22] This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. (ESV) Paul was quite the traveler. As an Apostle to the Gentiles his task was literally to take the Gospel to the entire known world at the time. Many of the Epistles that Paul writes are letters written to places where he has already been. He preached the Gospel, many were saved, churches were planted, and Paul moved on to a new area. Rome was a place that Paul had never been to. He writes this entire letter to people whom he had never met. As an Apostle to the Gentiles he wanted to give them the good solid teaching they needed to grow in their faith. Likely, someone who was converted on the Day of Pentecost went back to Rome and first shared the Gospel there. Paul says that he has been often hindered from coming to Rome. He could have argued that all kinds of circumstances would not permit him to get to Rome. Paul would not have blamed circumstances. He would have understood that it w