“Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.” (Gal.3:16)
Their is one seed of Abraham; Jesus Christ, The logos/Word of God.
“For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.“ (1 Peter 1:23)
John 1:1-3~ “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being“…Paul wrote the same thing in Colossians 1:16 that all things in heaven and earth were given life through Jesus Christ; for Jesus and He is reconciling all things to God through the blood of the cross! (1:20)
Continuing in John 1:12,13~”But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
When we receive Jesus’ perfect work and were born-again, we were born of God! We were born of the incorruptible seed, the living and abiding Word of God; Jesus Christ…the Word made flesh!
Jesus compared Himself to the seed in John 12:23,24 when he prophesied his death – “And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” and in the “Parable of the Sower” ~
For the sake of brevity; I will not post every Scripture but, supply links for deeper study. Just click the green Scripture reference. This parable is recorded in what are called the 3 “synoptic gospels” and Jesus’ own definition of the seed is crucial to understand all of Jesus’ parables!
Mark 4:13 ~ “And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? Jesus really wants his disciples to recognize the importance of this parable because it is key to understand all parables (I believe in N.T. and O.T.)
Mark 4:14 ~ “The sower sows the word.”
Seed = The logos/Word
Luke 8:11 ~ “Now the parable is this: The seed is the logos/word of God.” Seed = The Logos/word of God
This parable confirms what John wrote, even though John did not record this parable in his account. Mark’s account confirms John 1:1 ~ “In the beginning was the logos/Word and the logos/Word was with God and the Logos/Word was God.” Luke’s is confirmed in Rev.19:13 ~ “He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” Both are clearly referencing Jesus.
So we were born of Jesus, the one and only imperishable seed.
Now that one verse establishes a lot of powerful truth that can be otherwise misunderstood about the epistle of 1 John. He was not saying that every truly born-again believer never commits another sin in their body or mind. That would mean that no one in the past 2000 years was truly born-again!
Have you ever gotten in a debate with a fellow believer about “not being able to sin” and “if we say that we have no sin; we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”? (Because 1 John makes both claims!)
I have and I believe that we were both wrong and both right….
Because John is “dividing between soul and spirit” and articulating the fact that your spirit (which was born of God) cannot sin. Remember that Jesus said in John 6:3 ~“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.“
“God is spirit” (John 4:24) and whatever is born of God can only be spirit. Our flesh is still flesh! Our flesh can unfortunately still sin but, the spirit cannot because he (our spirit-man) is born of God!
This is truth that sets us free!