The sons of God will become like Christ—Love for others is required to gain eternal life—Obedience ensures us an answer to our prayers.
1 Behold, what manner of the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the of God: therefore the knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall , we shall be him; for we shall him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this in him himself, even as he is .
4 Whosoever committeth sin also the law: for is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our ; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him not: sinneth hath not seen him, neither him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that is of the devil; for the devil from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the .
9 Whosoever is not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are , and the of the devil: whosoever doeth not is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
12 Not as , who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto , because we love the . He that not his brother abideth in .
15 Whosoever his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no hath eternal life abiding in him.
16 Hereby perceive we the of , because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his have , and up his bowels of from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, ; but in and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we toward God.
22 And whatsoever we , we receive of him, because we his , and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his , That we should on the of his Son Jesus Christ, and one another, as he gave us commandment.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he in us, by the which he hath given us.