1 John 3:10

10 By this the 1children of God and the 2children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who 3does not love his 4brother.

1 John 3:10 Meaning and Commentary

1 John 3:10

In this the children of God are manifest
By regenerating grace, and not sinning, in the sense before explained, in consequence of it: adoption is an act of God's grace and sovereign will; it is secret in his own heart, and is secured in divine predestination, and in the covenant of grace, and is antecedent to regeneration: regeneration and faith do not make men the children of God, but manifest them to be so; adoption makes them the children of God, and entitles them to the inheritance; regeneration gives them the nature of the children of God, and makes them meet for it, and manifests their right unto it; not to the men of the world, but to themselves and other saints:

and the children of the devil;
such as imitate him, do his will and his lusts, and are openly under his power and influence; these are distinguishable from regenerate persons, and the children of God, by their lives and conversations; so the people of the nations of the world are called, (ywnb) , "the children of Samael", and the serpent, by the Jews F13, which are with them the names of the devil.

Whosoever doth not righteousness is not of God:
that is, he does; not appear to be born of God, who does not by faith lay hold on the righteousness of Christ for his justification before God, and acceptance with him; and who does not do works of righteousness in faith from a principle of love, and with a view to the glory of God; for where regenerating grace is, there will be such graces and such practices:

neither he that loveth not his brother;
for as he that loveth God, and Christ, and the brethren, appears manifestly to be born again, and to have passed from death to life, so he that does not is in darkness, in a state of unregeneracy, and walks and continues therein; for was he born again, he would be taught of God to love the saints; see ( 1 John 4:7 ) ( 3:14 ) ( 2:11 ) .


F13 Raya Mehimna in Zohar in Lev. fol. 34. 2.

1 John 3:10 In-Context

8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
11 For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;
12 not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother's were righteous.

Cross References 4

  • 1. John 1:12; John 11:52; Romans 8:16; 1 John 3:1, 2
  • 2. Matthew 13:38; John 8:44; 1 John 3:8
  • 3. Romans 13:8f; Colossians 3:14; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 John 4:8
  • 4. 1 John 2:9

Footnotes 1