I believe in the saving grace of Jesus Christ that is not based on works and the transformation of heart towards His purpose (being mature per se) and that this is progressive . However, I’ve found this scripture quite challenging:
1 John 3:4-10
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
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.
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
My questions are
Does it mean anybody ‘doing’ good/righteously is righteous, considering that umbeliers ‘can do good’
As a Christian, I’ve committed sins, not necessarily mistakes because I knew they were not just correct but I did them anyways. Unfortunately though…and I repented of them. But does those event make me an unbeliever as those I knew but didn’t respect the work of Christ for me as those moments?
When John said a believer doth not commit sin because the seed of God is in him, what does he really mean?
I hope I’ll be helped. God bless