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The way we may be sure[a] that we know him is to keep his commandments.(A) Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.(B)

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  1. 2:3–6 The way we may be sure: to those who claim, “I have known Christ and therefore I know him,” our author insists on not mere intellectual knowledge but obedience to God’s commandments in a life conformed to the example of Christ; this confirms our knowledge of him and is the love of God…perfected. Disparity between moral life and the commandments proves improper belief.

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