First Timothy 1:15

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1 Timothy 1:15: This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

1 John 3:6-9: Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 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. 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.

First Timothy says that Paul is both a child of God and a sinner, but First John says that children of God don't sin.

Clearly none of us achieve true sinless perfection. Verses must be read in their context for their meaning to be understood.

In this case, the answer is simply that the children of God are looked upon as if they have no sin—a theme articulated throughout the New Testament writings.


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