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“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
 
Divine righteousness originates from having the nature of God.  It is impossible to sin from the origin of our divine nature.  On the other hand, sin is derived from the Devil. Thus, two families, the family of Satan and the family of God, reflect the nature of their father. 
He who sins is of the devil,
John makes an unqualified flat statement that “he who sins is of the devil.” Cain was of “that wicked one” and killed his brother (Jn 3:12).  That is because he was a child of the devil (Jn. 3:10).  He acted like the Devil because his behavior reflected who his father was.
All sin has its ultimate origin in Satan.  God originally created Lucifer, son of the morning, but he became Satan (Is 14:12-14; Ezek 24:12-17).  The devil is the source of all sin. 
PRINCIPLE: 
We can trace the source of all sin to Satan. 
APPLICATION: 
The devil formulated the concept of sin.  All his children are cornered, corrupted and controlled by him.  He is the spiritual source of those who commit sin.  The practice of sin was originated and introduced into the human race by the devil, thus, unregenerate men are his children, not merely because they imitate him, but because they are indwelt by the principle of sin of which he is the source.  Non-Christians belong to Satan and give him their allegiance.
It is natural for a son to act like his father.  A natural person is someone born but once.  He may be cultured, religious, refined, a good citizen, educated and even nice but he is in the devil’s family. 
Behind all evil today is a malevolent being who constantly undermines God and His will for the world.  He subverts God in every way he can.  We constantly run into the supernatural “works” of Satan.  He is a force that both Christian and non-Christian must reckon with. 
Ep 6: 10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
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