1Whoever believes that #1 John 2:22; 4:2, 15Jesus is the Christ is #John 1:13born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and #John 15:10; 2 John 6keep His commandments. 3#John 14:15; 2 John 6For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And #Mic. 6:8; Matt. 11:30; 23:4His commandments are not burdensome. 4For #John 16:33whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that #1 John 2:13; 4:4has overcome the world—our faith. 5Who is he who overcomes the world, but #1 Cor. 15:57he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
The Certainty of God’s Witness
6This is He who came #John 1:31–34; (Eph. 5:26, 27)by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. #(John 14:17)And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, #(John 1:1)the Word, and the Holy Spirit; #John 10:30and these three are one. 8And there are three that bear witness on earth: #John 15:26the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
9If we receive #John 5:34, 37; 8:17, 18the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; #(Matt. 3:16, 17); John 5:32, 37for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10He who believes in the Son of God #(Rom. 8:16); Gal. 4:6; Rev. 12:17has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God #John 3:18, 33; 1 John 1:10has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12#(John 3:15, 36; 6:47; 17:2, 3)He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
Confidence and Compassion in Prayer
14Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that #(1 John 2:28; 3:21, 22)if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
16If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and #Job 42:8He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. #(Matt. 12:31)There is sin leading to death. #Jer. 7:16; 14:11I do not say that he should pray about that. 17#1 John 3:4All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.
Knowing the True—Rejecting the False
18We know that #(1 Pet. 1:23); 1 John 3:9whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God #James 1:27keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
19We know that we are of God, and #John 12:31; 17:15; Gal. 1:4the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
20And we know that the #1 John 4:2Son of God has come and #Luke 24:45has given us an understanding, #John 17:3; Rev. 3:7that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. #Is. 9:6This is the true God #1 John 5:11, 12and eternal life.
21Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.