The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome.
Every God-begotten person conquers the world's ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith.
The person who wins out over the world's ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.
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:
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