Beloved, we are now God's children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be , but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.just as He is.
And everyone who has this hope on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).
Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God's law by transgression or neglect--being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).
You know that He appeared in visible form and became Man to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin .
No one who abides in Him commits (practices) sin. No one who sins has either seen or known Him .
G. Abbott-Smith, Manual Greek Lexicon.Boys (lads), let no one deceive and lead you astray. He who practices righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.
he who commits sin is of the devil , for the devil has sinned (violated the divine law) from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was made manifest (visible) was to undo (destroy, loosen, and dissolve) the works the devil .
No one born (begotten) of God practices sin, for God's nature abides in him ; and he cannot practice sinning because he is born (begotten) of God.
By this it is made clear who take their nature from God and are His children and who take their nature from the devil and are his children: no one who does not practice righteousness is of God; neither is anyone who does not love his brother (his fellow Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.believer in Christ).
For this is the message (the announcement) which you have heard from the first, that we should love one another,
not be like Cain who from the evil one and slew his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his deeds (activities, works) were wicked and malicious and his brother's were righteous (virtuous).
Do not be surprised and wonder, brethren, that the world detests and pursues you with hatred.
We know that we have passed over out of death into Life by the fact that we love the brethren (our fellow Christians). He who does not love abides (remains, is Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.held and kept continually) in death.
Anyone who hates (abominates, detests) his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding (Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.persevering) within him.
By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the love: that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay lives down for brothers .
But if anyone has this world's goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother andJoseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him?
Little children, let us not love in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity).
By this we shall come to know (perceive, recognize, and understand) that we are of the Truth, and can reassure (quiet, conciliate, and pacify) our hearts in His presence,
Whenever our hearts in self-accusation make us feel guilty and condemn us. For He is above and greater than our consciences (our hearts), and He knows (perceives and understands) everything .
And, beloved, if our consciences (our hearts) do not accuse us , we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God,
And we receive from Him whatever we ask, because we obey His orders and practice what is pleasing to Him.
And this is His order (His command, His injunction): that we should believe in (put our faith and trust in and adhere to and rely on) the name of His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and that we should love one another, just as He has commanded us.
All who keep His commandments abide in Him, and He in them. And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He lives and makes His home in us: by the Spirit Whom He has given us.
Summary: Each of us should re-double our efforts to ensure that our families are all that they should be. Husbands and wives have a God-given obligation to love one another and to submit to one another for the glory of God.
Summary: On All Saints Day, we join in a family celebration made possible by our Triune God. All Saints Day is not a day of mourning the dead, but a day of celebrating the life we have in Christ, and a chance to look ahead at the joys before us!
Summary: This passage centers around one basic truth for people that believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. People that believe in God and in Jesus Christ are considered to be “children of God.” Focus on purity as God's children.
Summary: There is nothing more comforting for a child, than a safe and loving home. Such an environment fosters growth and stability. The same principle applies for the children of God. Living confidently in Him, we enjoy growth and stability.
Summary: Those who are in Christ are aware of the dangers and consequences of sin, and yet most today are unwilling to confront it. While we must work with compassion, we also have an obligation to address sin and deal with it in our lives.
Summary: Our efforts for the Lord will be futile without love. We know the Bible commands that we love one another, and yet we fail to fully heed the command. Our world needs to experience love in action, not just in word.
Summary: The ultimate goal of every believer should be Christ-likeness. The closer we walk with Him, growing in grace, the more like Him we become. In order to live victorious, fulfilling Christian lives, we must abide in Christ.
Summary: 1) Sin is incompatible with the law of God (1 John 3:4), 2) it is incompatible with the work of Christ (1 John 3:5–8), and 3) it is incompatible with the ministry of the Holy Spirit (1 John 3:9–10).
Summary: Biblical hope: it is 1) Secured by abiding (1 John 2:28), 2) Manifested by righteousness (1 John 2:29), 3) Established by love (1 John 3:1), 4) Fulfilled by Christlikeness (1 John 3:2), and it is 5) Characterized by purity (1 John 3:3).
Summary: In this sermon, “A Testimony of His Great Love,” we will speak of God, the incarnated Word; who lovingly laid down his life for us; that we might lay down our lives for the brethren. This lesson deals with faith, discipleship and brotherly love.