1See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.2Beloved, we are God's children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.3And every one who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.4Every one who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.5You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.6No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.
29The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!30This is he of whom I said, 'After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.'31I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel."32And John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him.33I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'34And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God."