THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
Sons of God shall become like Christ—Love for the brethren required to gain eternal life—Obedience assures us an answer to our prayers.
what manner of alove
the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the bsons
of God: therefore the cworld
knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Beloved, now are we the asons
of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall bappear
, we shall be clike
him; for we shall dsee
him as he is.
Whosoever committeth sin atransgresseth
also the law: for bsin
is the transgression of the law.
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our asins
; and in him is no sin.
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
He that acommitteth bsin
is of the devil; for the devil csinneth
from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the ddevil
Whosoever is aborn
of God bdoth
not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
In this the children of God are amanifest
, and the bchildren
of the devil: whosoever doeth not crighteousness
is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
For this is the amessage
that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Not as aCain
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.
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
We know that we have passed from death unto alife
, because we love the bbrethren
. He that cloveth
brother abideth in ddeath
his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no bmurderer
hath eternal life abiding in him.
Hereby perceive we the alove bof
God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our
lives for the brethren.
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his abrother
, and cshutteth
up his bowels of dcompassion
from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, aneither
in tongue; but in bdeed
and in truth.
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and aknoweth
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then
have we aconfidence
And whatsoever we aask
, we receive of him, because we bkeep
, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
And this is his acommandment
, That we should bbelieve
on the cname
of his Son Jesus Christ, and dlove
one another, as he gave us commandment.
And he that keepeth his commandments adwelleth
in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he babideth
in us, by the cSpirit
which he hath given us.