1 John 5:1-12 NIV

Faith in the Son of God

1 Everyone who believes1 that Jesus is the Christ2 is born of God,3 and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.4

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2 This is how we know5 that we love the children of God:6 by loving God and carrying out his commands.

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3 This is love for God: to obey his commands.7 And his commands are not burdensome,8

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4 for everyone born of God9 overcomes10 the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

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5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.11

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      6 This is the one who came by water and blood12--Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.13

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      7 For there are three14 that testify:

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      8 thea Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.

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        • a 5:8 - ,8 Late manuscripts of the Vulgate "testify in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. 8 And there are three that testify on earth: the" (not found in any Greek manuscript before the fourteenth century)
          9 We accept man's testimony,15 but God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God,16 which he has given about his Son.

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          10 Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart.17 Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar,18 because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.

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          11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life,19 and this life is in his Son.20

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          12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.21

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