1 John 3
3 1Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that
we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this cause
the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2Beloved, now are we
children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know
that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him
even as he is.
3And every one that hath this hope set on him
purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
4Every one that doeth sin doeth
also lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
5And ye know that he was
manifested to take away sins; and in him is no sin.
6Whosoever abideth in
him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither knoweth him.
7My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth
righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous:
8he that doeth sin
is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. To this end was
the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in
him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of God.
10In this the
children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth
not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11For this is the message which ye heard from the beginning, that we
should love one another:
12not as Cain was of the evil one, and slew his
brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his works were evil, and his
13Marvel not, brethren, if the world hateth you.
14We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the
brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death.
15Whosoever hateth his
brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding
16Hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and
we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17But whoso hath the
world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his
compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?
Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in
deed and truth.
19Hereby shall we know that we are of the truth, and
shall assure our heart before him:
20because if our heart condemn us, God
is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21Beloved, if our
heart condemn us not, we have boldness toward God;
22and whatsoever we
ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments and do the things
that are pleasing in his sight.
23And this is his commandment, that we
should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another,
even as he gave us commandment.
24And he that keepeth his commandments
abideth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by
the Spirit which he gave us.