When the venerable John could no longer walk to the meetings of the Church but was borne thither by his disciples, he always uttered the same address to the Church; he reminded them of that one commandment which he had received from Christ Himself, as comprising all the rest, and forming the distinction of the new covenant, "My little children, love one another." slew he him? whosoever sinneth hath not seen him--Greek perfect, "has not seen, and does not see Him." for--Greek, "and." 9. Marvel not--The marvel would be if the world loved you. and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. passed--changed our state. So if we be believers, even if our heart condemns us of sin in general, yet having the one sign of sonship, love, we may still assure our hearts (some oldest manuscripts read heart, 1 John 3:19 , as well as 1 John 3:20 ), as knowing that God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. love . He sinneth not so long as he abideth in Christ. doth not yet appear--Greek, "it hath not yet ('at any time,' Greek aorist) been visibly manifested what we shall be"--what further glory we shall attain by virtue of this our sonship. Works do not justify, but the justified man works. What does 1 John 1:3 mean? is a murderer--because indulging in that passion, which, if followed out to its natural consequences, would make him one. as he does "born of God," for "the devil begets none, nor does he create any; but whoever imitates the devil becomes a child of the devil by imitating him, not by proper birth" [AUGUSTINE, Ten Homilies on the First Epistle of John, Homily 4.10]. This verse is connected with the previous 1 John 2:29 , thus: All our doing of righteousness is a mere sign that God, of His matchless love, has adopted us as children; it does not save us, but is a proof that we are saved of His grace. The Greek having the article to both, implies that they are convertible terms. transgression of . James reminds us that if we do not ask aright then we will not receive - and even the godly prayer of the righteous man or woman may be used by God to teach some deeper spiritual truth. 22. we receive--as a matter of fact, according to His promise. he--Christ. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Because believers have hope, and anticipate being with Jesus for eternity, they pursue a pure life. According to the verb tense John uses, does not sin means does not live a life style of habitual sin. As the author of sin, and prince of this world, he has never ceased to seduce man to sin [LUECKE]. hath--Such a one still "abideth in death." He had shown, birth from God involves self-purification; he now shows where sin, that is, the want of self-purification, is, there is no birth from God. 1 John 3:1-24 . purifieth himself--by Christ's Spirit in him ( John 15:5 , end). Enmity from the first existed between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. sinneth not--In so far as he abides in Christ, so far is he free from all sin. Note the perfect tense; ‘every one that has been made and that remains a child of God’. And this declaration of him is made in the Gospel, for the following ends and purposes. Whosoever is born of God--literally, "Everyone that is begotten of God." It is not, "We do not yet know manifestly what . 1. law--definition of sin in general. see him--not in His innermost Godhead, but as manifested in Christ. This theme closely connects with the words of John 1:12: … California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Reciprocity. The magnetic needle, the nature of which is always to point to the pole, is easily turned aside, but always reseeks the pole. 1 John 3:3(KJV) Verse Thoughts. of Sin is ever active, but no longer reigns. the law--Greek, "committeth transgression of law." 17. this world's good--literally, "livelihood" or substance. When the brethren present, wearied of hearing the same thing so often, asked why he always repeated the same thing, he replied, "Because it is the commandment of the Lord, and if this one thing be attained, it is enough" [JEROME]. The third chapter of 1 John focuses mostly on the concept of love. DISTINGUISHING MARKS OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD AND THE CHILDREN OF THE DEVIL. 4. Thus he prepares, by the mention of the true Spirit, for the transition to the false "spirit," 1 John 4:1-6 ; after which he returns again to the subject of love. abideth in him--as the branch in the vine, by vital union living by His life.


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