5) John 8:42–44: The author of John’s gospel also wrote, “The one who continually practices sin is from the devil, because from the beginning the devil sins” (1 John 3:8).

As Jesus testified, a person’s behavior and values attest to one’s spiritual sonship.[1]

John the Baptist held a similar view, for he called Israel’s religious leaders “offspring of vipers” (Matt 3:7).

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Read John 8:42–44. How do the passages cited relate to the declaration of Gen 3:15?




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[Related posts include Serpents in the Ancient Near East (Gen 3:1); A World-Altering Conversation (Gen 3:2–5); Succumbing to Temptation (Gen 3:6); God Curses the Serpent (Gen 3:14); The First Good News (Gen 3:15); The Accuser (Job 1:6–11 and Job 2:1–7); Satan Addresses the Heavenly Council (Zech 3:1–5); God’s Servant, the Branch (Zech 3:6–10);  Satan Tempts Christ (Matt 4:1–4); A Second Temptation (Matt 4:5–7); The Third Temptation (Matt 4:8–11); Falling for Deception (2 Cor 11:3–4); An Angel of Light (2 Cor 11:13–15); Children of the Devil (1 John 3:10‒12); Love or Death (1 John 3:13‒15); and Guilty of Misconduct (Jude 8)]


[Click here to go to Chapter 7: The Seed of the Serpent and the Seed of the Woman (Genesis 3:14–15)]


[1]Carson, The Gospel According to John, 352–3.