Malankara World

What Shall I Do To Be Saved?

By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil

Question 80. Comment on, 'Whoever has been born of God does not sin for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin because he has been born of God.' (1 John 3:9). By believing and through baptism we become the sons of God. So how can we commit a sin? Can a son of God sin?

Let us look at St. John's verse once again. "We know that whoever is born of God doesn't sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself; and the wicked ones doesn't touch him." (1 John 5:18) i.e. If one doesn't keep himself, one will sin. "If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which doesn't lead to death, he should pray to God, and He will give him life (1 John 5:16). If any one is so progressive as not to remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God; who ever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son (2 John 9). From this you can see that a person who believes and is baptized, can commit sins!

There are so many examples in the Bible which shows people who believed and were baptized committing sins. (They did not keep themselves). A few of them are:

In short, even the sons of God can fall into sin. Be not like "a proud Pharisee who prays, be like a tax collector, who repented." If so, one has a better chance for salvation.

Because of sins:

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