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1 Every person who believes that Jesus is, in fact, the Messiah, is God-begotten. If we love the One who conceives the child, we'll surely love the child who was conceived. 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
2 The reality test on whether or not we love God's children is this: Do we love God? Do we keep his commands? 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
3 The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
4 Every God-begotten person conquers the world's ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
5 The person who wins out over the world's ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
6 Jesus - the Divine Christ! He experienced a life-giving birth and a death-killing death. Not only birth from the womb, but baptismal birth of his ministry and sacrificial death. And all the while the Spirit is confirming the truth, the reality of God's presence at Jesus' baptism and crucifixion, bringing those occasions alive for us.[(s15.7)] A triple testimony: 6 This is the one who came by water and blood--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.
8 the Spirit, the Baptism, the Crucifixion. And the three in perfect agreement. 8 For there are three that testify:
9 If we take human testimony at face value, how much more should we be reassured when God gives testimony as he does here, testifying concerning his Son. 9 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
10 Whoever believes in the Son of God inwardly confirms God's testimony. Whoever refuses to believe in effect calls God a liar, refusing to believe God's own testimony regarding his Son. 10 We accept man's testimony, but God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.
11 This is the testimony in essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son. 11 Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
12 So, whoever has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life. 12 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
13 My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God's Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. 13 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
14 And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he's listening. 14 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
15 And if we're confident that he's listening, we know that what we've asked for is as good as ours. 15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
16 For instance, if we see a Christian believer sinning (clearly I'm not talking about those who make a practice of sin in a way that is "fatal," leading to eternal death), we ask for God's help and he gladly gives it, gives life to the sinner whose sin is not fatal. There is such a thing as a fatal sin, and I'm not urging you to pray about that. 16 And if we know that he hears us--whatever we ask--we know that we have what we asked of him.
17 Everything we do wrong is sin, but not all sin is fatal. 17 If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that.
18 We know that none of the God-begotten makes a practice of sin - fatal sin. The God-begotten are also the God-protected. The Evil One can't lay a hand on them. 18 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
19 We know that we are held firm by God; it's only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the Evil One. 19 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.
20 And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God - what a gift! - and we are living in the Truth itself, in God's Son, Jesus Christ. This Jesus is both True God and Real Life. 20 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
21 Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimiles. 21 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true--even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21 21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.