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He is the atoning sacrifice[a] for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.[b]

The New Commandment

Here’s how we can be sure that we’ve truly come to know God: if we keep his commands.[c] If someone claims, “I have come to know God by experience,” yet doesn’t keep God’s commands, he is a phony and the truth finds no place in him.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 2:2 Or “satisfaction for our sins.”
  2. 1 John 2:2 In these two verses we find three things that Christ is to us: (1) our forgiving Redeemer/Intercessor, (2) the Righteous One who suffered in our place, and (3) the atoning sacrifice for our sins, which cleanses and shelters us.
  3. 1 John 2:3 Keeping God’s commands is the proof and evidence of coming to know God, not the means of knowing God.

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,(A) and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.(B)

Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers

We know(C) that we have come to know him(D) if we keep his commands.(E) Whoever says, “I know him,”(F) but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.(G)

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