1 John 3:5

He (ekeino). As in verse Romans 3 ; John 1:18 . Was manifested (epanerwqh). Same form as in verse 1 John 3:2 , but here of the Incarnation as in John 21:1 , not of the second coming ( 1 John 2:28 ). To take away sins (ina ta amartia arh). Purpose clause with ina and first aorist active subjunctive of airw as in John 1:29 . In Isaiah 53:11 we have anaperw for bearing sins, but airw properly means to lift up and carry away ( John 2:16 ). So in Hebrews 10:4 we find apairew and Hebrews 10:11 periairew, to take away sins completely (the complete expiation wrought by Christ on Calvary). The plural amartia here, as in Colossians 1:14 , not singular (collective sense) amartian as in John 1:29 . And in him is no sin (kai amartia en autwi ouk estin). "And sin (the sinful principle) in him is not." As Jesus had claimed about himself ( John 7:18 ; John 8:46 ) and as is repeatedly stated in the N.T. ( 2 Corinthians 5:21 ; Hebrews 4:15 ; Hebrews 7:26 ; Hebrews 9:13 ).