3 1 Setting down the inestimable glory of this that we are God’s sons, 7 he showeth that newness of life must be testifieth by good works, whereof charity is a manifest token. 19 Of faith, 22 and praying unto God.
1 Behold, [a][b]what love the Father hath given to us, that we should be [c]called the sons of God: [d]For this cause this world knoweth you not, because it knoweth not him.
2 [e]Dearly beloved, now are we the sons of God, but yet it is not made manifest what we shall be: and we know that when he shall be made manifest: we shall be [f]like him: for we shall see him [g]as he is.
3 [h]And every man that hath this hope in him purgeth himself, even [i]as he is pure.
4 [j]Whosoever [k]commiteth sin, transgresseth also the Law: for [l]sin is the transgression of the Law.
5 [m]And ye know that he was made manifest, that he might take away our sins, and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not: whosoever [n]sinneth, hath not seen him, neither hath known him.
7 [o]Little children, let no man deceive you, he that doeth righteousness, is righteous, as he is righteous.
8 [p]He that commiteth sin, is of the [q]devil: for the devil [r]sinneth from the [s]beginning: for this purpose was made manifest that Son of God, that he might loose the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God sinneth not: for his [t]seed remaineth in him, neither can he sin, because he is born of God.
10 [u]In this are the children of God known, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness, is not of God, [v]neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 [w]For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,
12 [x]Not as [y]Cain which was of that wicked one, and slew his brother: [z]and wherefore slew he him? because his own works were evil, and his brother’s good.
13 Marvel not my brethren, though this world hate you.
14 [aa]We know that we are [ab]translated from death unto life, because we love the brethren: he that loveth not his brother, abideth in death.
15 [ac]Whosoever hateth his brother, is a manslayer: and ye know that no manslayer hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 [ad]Hereby have we perceived love, that he laid down his life for us: therefore we ought also to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 [ae]And whosoever hath this [af]world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and [ag]shutteth up his compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 [ah]My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue only, but in deed and in truth.
19 [ai]For thereby we know that we are of the truth, [aj]and shall before him assure our hearts.
20 For [ak]if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 [al]Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we boldness toward God.
22 [am]And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.
23 This is then his commandment, that we believe in the Name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave commandment.
24 For he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him: and hereby we know that he abideth in us, even by that [an]Spirit which he hath given us.
1 John 3:1He beginneth to declare this agreement between the Father and the Son at the highest cause, to wit, at that free love of God towards us, wherewith he so loveth us, that he also adopteth us to be his children.
1 John 3:1That we should be the sons of God, and so that all the world may perceive we are so.
1 John 3:1Before he declareth this adoption, he saith two things: the one, that this so great a dignity is not to be esteemed, according to the judgment of the flesh, because it is unknown to the world, for the world knoweth not God the Father himself.
1 John 3:2The other: This dignity is not fully made manifest to ourselves, much less to strangers, but we are sure of the accomplishment of it, insomuch that we shall be like to the Son of God himself, and shall enjoy his sight indeed, such as he is now: but yet notwithstanding this is deferred until his next coming.
1 John 3:3Now he describeth this adoption, (the glory whereof as yet consisteth in hope) by the effect, to wit, because that whosoever is made the Son of God, endeavoreth to resemble the Father in purity.
1 John 3:3This word signifieth a likeness, but not in equality.
1 John 3:4The rule of this purity can from no whence else be taken but from the Law of God, the transgression whereof is that which is called sin.
1 John 3:5An argument taken from the material cause of our salvation: Christ in himself is most pure, and he came to take away our sins, by sanctifying us with the holy Ghost. Therefore, whosoever is truly partaker of Christ doth not give himself to sin: and so contrariwise he that giveth himself to sin knoweth not Christ.
1 John 3:6He is said to sin, that giveth not himself to pureness, and in him sin reigneth, but sin is said to dwell in the faithful, and not to reign in them.
1 John 3:7Another argument of things coupled together: He that liveth justly, is just, and resembleth Christ that is just, and by that is known to be the son of God.
1 John 3:8An argument taken of contraries: the devil is the author of sin, and therefore he is of the devil, or is ruled by the inspiration of the devil that serve sin: and if he be the devil’s son, then is he not God’s son: for the devil and God are so contrary the one to the other, that even the Son of God was sent to destroy the works of the devil. Therefore on the contrary side, whosoever resists sin, is the Son of God, being born again of his spirit as of new seed, insomuch that of necessity he is now delivered from the slavery of sin.
1 John 3:8Resembleth the devil, as the child doth the father, and is governed by his spirit.
1 John 3:8He saith not sinned, but sinneth, for he did nothing else but sin.
1 John 3:9The holy Ghost is so called of the effect he worketh, because by his virtue and mighty working, as it were by seed, we are made new men.
1 John 3:10The conclusion, by a wicked life they are known which are governed by the spirit of the Devil, and by a pure life, which are God’s children.
1 John 3:10He beginneth to commend charity towards the brethren, as another mark of the Sons of God.
1 John 3:11The first reason, taken of the authority of God, which giveth the commandment.
1 John 3:12An amplification, taken of the contrary example of Cain, which slew his brother.
1 John 3:12He bringeth forth a very fit and very old example, wherein we may behold both the nature of the sons of God, and of the sons of the devil, and what state and condition remaineth for us in this world: and what shall be the end of both at length.
1 John 3:12A short digression: Let us not marvel that we are hated by the world for doing our duty, for such was the condition of Abel who was a just person: and who would not rather be like him than Cain?
1 John 3:14The second reason: Because charity is a testimony that we are translated from death to life: and therefore hatred towards the brethren is a testimony of death, and whosoever nourished it, doth as it were foster death in his bosom.
1 John 3:14Love is a token that we are translated from death to life, for as such as by the effects the cause is known.
1 John 3:15A confirmation: Whosoever is a murderer, is in eternal death, who so hateth his brother, is a murderer, therefore he is in death. And thereupon followeth the contrary. He that loveth his brother, hath passed to life, for indeed we are born dead.
1 John 3:16Now he showeth how far Christian charity extendeth, even so far, that according to the example of Christ, every man forget himself, to provide for and help his brethren.
1 John 3:17He reasoneth by comparison: For if we are bound even to give our life for our neighbors, how much more are we bound to help our brothers’ necessity with our goods and substance?
1 John 3:17Openeth not his heart to him, nor helpeth him willingly and cheerfully.
1 John 3:18Christian charity standeth not in words, but in deed, and proceedeth from a sincere affection.
1 John 3:19He commendeth charity by a triple effect: for first of all, by it we know that we are indeed the sons of God, as he showeth before.
1 John 3:19Therefore it cometh that we have a quiet conscience, as on the contrary side he that thinketh that he hath God for a judge, because he is guilty to himself, either he is never or else very rare quiet: for God hath a far quicker sight than we, and judgeth more severely.
1 John 3:20If an evil conscience convinceth us, much more ought the judgments of God contemn us, who knoweth our hearts better than we ourselves do.
1 John 3:21A third effect also riseth out of the former, that in these miseries we are sure to be heard, because we are the sons of God, as we understand by the grace of sanctification which is proper to the elect.
1 John 3:22The conclusion: That faith in Christ, and love one towards another, are things joined together, and therefore the outward testimonies of sanctification must and do answer that inward testimony of the Spirit given unto us.
1 John 3:24He meaneth the Spirit of sanctification whereby we are born anew, and live unto God.
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