"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God" (1 Jn.3:9). In his commerntary on this verse Zane Hodges says that "One who is born of God...does not sin precisely 'because God's sin remains in him,' and he cannot sin 'because he has been born of God.' 'God's seed' is His nature, given to each believer at salvation (John 1:13; 2 Peter 1:4). The point here is that the child parakes of the nature of his Parent. The thought of a sinless Parent who begets a child who only sins a little is far from the author's mind...Sin is not, nor ever can be, anything but satanic. It can never spring from what a Christian truly is at the level of his regenerate being...The Christian still experiences a genuine struggle with the flesh and overcomes its impulses only by the help of the Holy Spirit (cf. Gal. 5:16-26). Paul's thinking also conforms with this view. In his struggle with sin he was able to conclude, 'Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it' (Rom. 7:20). In this way Paul could perceive sin as not a real part of what he was at the most inward level of his being" (The Bible Knowledge Commentary; New Testament, ed. Walvoord & Zuck[Colorado Springs: Chariot Victor Publishing, 1983], 894-895).