The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.
—1 John 3:8
This verse is in contrast to the previous verse (1 John 3:7) which deals with righteousness. It’s important to note that as sinners were are not “from” the devil, but “of” the devil. The devil did not create us, we were made by God. We simply became of the devil (or like the devil) through sinning. The devil has been sinning since sin first came into existence, and according to some theologians he continues to lure people into sin.
God’s son was sent to destroy the works of the devil. To break up, eliminate, and obliterate the bondage of sin that has bound mortal men for millennia. We as mere men were unable to break these bonds that we found ourselves in. We were so lost in sin that we were more like children of the devil than children of God and we did not even realize it. We were hopelessly lost, hopelessly bound, and by all means irredeemable. That God saw value in us is a testament to his unending love, not our intrinsic value. Where man cannot do, God does. Christ came with the intention of destroying the works of the devil, which he did. Death and sin have been defeated and victory is available for those who ask. Today, as we draw even nearer to Christmas day, reflect with me on how blessed we are to have a God that loves us even at our most unlovable.