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1 John 3 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Command to Love
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:1 - Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God![fn] Therefore the world does not know us,[fn] because it did not know Him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:2 - Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:3 - And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Sin and the Child of God
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:4 - Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:5 - And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:6 - Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:7 - Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:8 - He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:9 - Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
The Imperative of Love
(Matt. 22:39 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:10 - In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:11 - For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:12 - not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:13 - Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:14 - We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother[fn] abides in death.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:15 - Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
The Outworking of Love
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:16 - By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:17 - But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:18 - My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:19 - And by this we know[fn] that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:20 - For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:21 - Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:22 - And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:23 - And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us[fn] commandment.
The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error
Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 3:24 - Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
NKJV Footnotes
NU-Text adds And we are.
M-Text reads you.
NU-Text omits his brother.
NU-Text reads we shall know.
M-Text omits us.

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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