III. The Virtues of the Divine Birth
A. To Practice the Divine Righteousness
28 And now, 1little children, 2abide in Him, so that if 3He is amanifested, we may have bboldness and not be 4put to cshame 5from Him 6at His dcoming.
29 If you 1know that 2He is 3arighteous, 4you 5know that everyone who 6bpractices crighteousness also has been 7begotten of Him.
1 1Behold what manner of 2alove the 3Father has given to us, that we should be called 4bchildren of God; and we are. 5Because of this the world does not 6know us, 7because it did not cknow Him.
2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and 1it has not yet been manifested what we will be. We 2know that if 3He is amanifested, we will be blike Him because we will 4csee Him even as 3He is.
3 And everyone who has 1this ahope set on Him 2bpurifies himself, even as 3cHe is pure.
4 Everyone who 1apractices sin practices 2lawlessness also, and bsin is lawlessness.
5 And you know that He was amanifested that He might 1take away bsins; and sin is not in 2Him.
6 Everyone who 1aabides in Him 2bdoes not sin; everyone who 3sins 4has cnot seen Him or dknown Him.
7 1Little children, let no one 2alead you astray; he who 3bpractices righteousness is 4crighteous, even as He is drighteous;
8 He who 1apractices sin is of the 2bdevil, because the devil has 1sinned 3from the beginning. 4For this purpose the Son of God was cmanifested, that He might 5ddestroy the works of the devil.
9 Everyone who has been 1begotten of God does 2not practice sin, because His 3aseed babides in him; and he 4cannot sin, because he has been begotten of God.
10 1In this the achildren of God and the bchildren of the devil are manifest. Everyone who does not cpractice righteousness is not of God, neither he who ddoes not 2love his brother.
B. To Practice the Divine Love
1. By the Divine Life (as the Divine Seed)
and the Divine Spirit
11 For this is the 1message which you aheard 2from the beginning, that we should 3blove one another,
12 Not as aCain was 1of the 2bevil one and cslew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's, drighteous.
13 Do not marvel, brothers, if the 1world ahates you.
14 We know that we have apassed out of 1death into life because we blove the brothers. He who cdoes 2not love abides in death.
15 Everyone who 1ahates his brother is a 2bmurderer, and you know that no murderer has ceternal life abiding in him.
16 In this we know love, that aHe blaid down His 1life on our behalf, and we ought to clay down our 2lives on behalf of the brothers.
17 But whoever has the livelihood of the world and sees that his brother has aneed and bshuts up his 1affections from him, how does the 2clove of God abide in him?
18 1Little children, let us not alove in word nor in tongue but in 2deed and 3btruthfulness.
19 And in this we will know that we are of the 1truth, and we will 2persuade our heart before Him,
20 Because if our 1heart ablames us, it is because God is bgreater than our heart and cknows all things.
21 Beloved, if our aheart does not blame us, we have 1bboldness ctoward God;
22 And 1whatever we aask we receive from Him because we 2bkeep His commandments and 3do the things that are cpleasing in His sight.
23 And this is His 1acommandment, that we bbelieve in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and clove one another, even as He gave a commandment to us.
24 And he who akeeps His commandments 1babides cin Him, and 2He in him. And in this we know that He abides in us, 3by the 4dSpirit whom He gave to us.
2. By the Proving of the Spirits
1 Beloved, do anot believe 1every bspirit, but 2cprove 1the spirits whether they are 3of God, because many 4dfalse prophets have egone out into the world.
2 In this you know the aSpirit of God: Every 1spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come 2in the bflesh is of God,
3 And every 1spirit which does anot confess Jesus is not of God; and this is the spirit of the 2antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming and now is already in the world.
4 You are 1of God, 2little children; and you have aovercome 3them because bgreater is 4He who is cin you than 5he who is in the dworld.
5 They are 1of the aworld; therefore they speak 1out of the world, and the world hears them.
6 We are 1aof God; he who knows God bhears us; he who is 2not of God does not hear us. 3From this we know the 4Spirit of 5truth and the 4cspirit of deception.
3. By God (as the Supreme Love)
and the Bountiful Spirit
7 Beloved, let us 1alove one another, because 2love is of God, and everyone who 3loves has been 4bbegotten of God and 5knows God.
8 He who adoes not love has 1not bknown God, because God is 2clove.
9 In this the alove of God was manifested 1among us, that God bsent His conly begotten Son into the 2world that we might 3have life and dlive through Him.
10 1Herein is alove, not that we have bloved God but that He cloved us and sent His Son as a 2propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God has loved us in this way, we also ought to 1alove one another.
12 No one has 1abeheld God at any time; if we 2love one another, God abides in us, and 3His love is 4bperfected in us.
13 In 1this we know that we 2aabide in Him and He in us, that He has given to us 3of His Spirit.
14 And we have abeheld and btestify that the Father has 1csent the Son as the dSavior of the 2world.
15 Whoever 1aconfesses that Jesus is the bSon of God, God cabides in him and he in God.
16 And we know and have abelieved the 1love which God has 2in us. God is 3love, and he who 4abides in love 5abides in God and 6God abides in him.
17 In 1this has love been 2perfected with us, that we may have 3boldness in the day of the 4judgment because even as 5He is, so also are we in this world.
18 There is no 1afear in love, but 2perfect love casts out fear because fear has punishment, and he who fears has 3not been perfected in love.
19 We love because He 1first aloved us.
20 If anyone says, I love God, and 1ahates his brother, he is a bliar; for he who cdoes not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has dnot seen.
21 And this acommandment we have from Him, that he who bloves God clove his brother also.
1 Everyone who 1abelieves that bJesus is the Christ has been begotten of God, and everyone who cloves Him who has dbegotten eloves him also who has been begotten of Him.
2 In this we aknow that we love the bchildren of God, when we 1love God and 2do His ccommandments.
3 For this is the 1love of God, that we 2akeep His commandments; and His commandments are not 3bburdensome.
C. To Overcome the World, Death, Sin,
the Devil, and Idols
1. By the Eternal Life in the Son
4 For 1everything that has been 2begotten of God 3aovercomes the 4world; and this is the bvictory which has overcome the world -- our 5faith.
5 And who is he who overcomes the world except him who 1believes that aJesus is the Son of God?
6 This is 1He who came through awater and bblood2, Jesus Christ; not 3in the water only, but 3in the water and 3in the blood; and the cSpirit is He who 4testifies, because the Spirit is the 5reality.
7 For there are three who testify,
8 The Spirit and the water and the blood, and the three are 1unto the one thing.
9 If we receive the atestimony of men, the 1btestimony of God is greater, because this is the testimony of God that He has testified concerning His cSon.
10 He who 1abelieves into the Son of God has the btestimony in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a cliar because he has dnot believed in the testimony which God has testified concerning His Son.
11 And this is the atestimony, that God 1gave to us beternal life and this clife is in His Son.
12 He who 1has the Son has the alife; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
13 I have written 1these things to you that you may know that you have eternal life, to you who abelieve into the name of the Son of God.
2. By the Life-giving Petition
14 And 1this is the 2boldness which we have toward Him, that if we 3aask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15 And if we 1know that He hears us in whatever we 2ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not 1unto death, he shall 2aask and he 3will give 4blife to him, to those sinning not unto death. There is a 5sin unto cdeath; I do not say that he should dmake request concerning that.
17 All 1aunrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not unto death.
3. By the True God as the Eternal Life
18 We know that everyone who is 1begotten of God adoes not sin, but 2he who has been begotten of God 3bkeeps himself, and the 4evil one does not 5touch him.
19 We know that we are 1of God, and the 2whole aworld 3lies in the 4bevil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has 1acome and has given us an 2bunderstanding that we might 3know 4Him who is 5ctrue; and we are 6in Him who is true, 7in His Son Jesus Christ. 8This is the dtrue God and eeternal life.
21 1Little children, 2guard yourselves from 3aidols.