1 John 3
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Our Father loves us so much He gave of Himself and we [THAT LOVE HIM] will accept His ways and turn from the worlds. They're going to hate you! If they don't hate you, you're not living right.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
The "sons of God" in the Old Testament are angles. Here we become as they are upon our Lords return. That new body! 1 Cor. 15:51-55 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Your pure only upon repentance. New day to walk in the world, not of it, but because we are flesh we sin, Repent again. From the heart!
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
The law stands today, why else are you here. The whole reason is to see if you will love Him enough to follow Him. Evil isn't in heaven for a reason. God has certain guidelines we are to follow. He made them for our own good. If anyone chooses not to follow Him, you choose the world over Him. Heaven is called heaven because there is no evil in it. Everyone is given the chance to chose.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
God came in this flesh to be the last sacrifice once and for all. God wants our obedience which shows our love. Or are you obedient to the world? There are only two to follow. God or the world. The world has many religions and God is The Only reality. You follow the world and its way to death or you follow Christ Jesus The Way to life everlasting. It's that simple!
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
You follow Christ, your part of life. You follow the world and ignore The One that made you. You follow death =satan, the one that hates you.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
If they say, "You think your holier than thou" you say I'm as righteous as my Father has shown me to be.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Christ came, that we may have The Way to life. Because Christ destroyed the evil one on the cross, you have a way out of evil. John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the spirit.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
"Born of God" = "born from above", a new attitude, A new way of life, A Christian walk. Your "seed" = actions are not of the world anymore.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
A real Christian knows how to judge in righteousness. Everyone else just judges. We know them "by their fruits." John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Do you know how to love today? You forgive those that wrong you and leave them with God's Word planted. Then pray for them! It's easy to show love to those that you agree with. Seems like they are few and far between, but we should try and treat everyone as we would want to be treated. Gentle when needed, stern when needed. A smile or a hug. Correction is love if you care for them. Many things we can do for others. Let them see Christ in you!
12 Not as Cain, 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.
Even though Cain was satans offspring, he too could have followed God. Everyone will have their own actions held accountable. I ask if you don't understand think about this. Go back to the "seed" and study what that and "fruit" means within context. Then use common sense. Why out of all things they could have done, why did they cover their sexual parts. What caused them to understand out of all things, they where "naked"? Within reasoning, you would think they would cover their heads.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
If you're worried about what others think of you, you're thinking to much about self. It shows who you really are when evil doesn't like you. That's right! If you are not of God you are of the world. You either follow The Light of what is Good or you're following the world = satan. That goes for every religion.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Who is this "brethren?" It is all of you that believe in Christ Jesus as your Lord and you follow Him as you're not of the world.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
Don't push anyone back into the hands of satan. Do your best to help them stay on The right path. For some in today's world, it's trying to help them get on The Path. Many churches put milk on the table, but lack the wisdom, knowledge or hunger to do what they should be doing. Feeding the meat of The Word to those full and grown of milk.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
All you can do is try. If they refuse you, it's on them NOT you. Love is given of yourself, not the fact they accept it.
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
If you can't take it upon yourself to help another in need with what you have, you don't have God in you. You have the world!
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Of course this should read, "not (only) love in word, neither (only) in tongue; but also in deed and in truth". Actions sometimes speak louder than words. The words we use should be God's Truth or it isn't love for God, but the world. Conforming to the way of the world brings its words into play and leaves you standing outside of Gods 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 knoweth all things.
Everyone that is of God should feel it in their heart when they know they have done wrong. Our morals are set by His Words. God knows our every thought. Not one person is getting away with anything. Repent! You don't have to get on your knees to repent or say something everyone can hear. He hears us through our thoughts. He knows when we are sorry and when we are sad. He picks us up when we let Him in.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
Do you not feel it in your heart to help others when you see the need? Are you afraid it takes from you? What kind of a believer are you!
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
You want to see blessings come your way? Do what God has given you to do through His Word.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
"His Commandment" not request!
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
Contrary to what many teach or want to believe, The Laws of God stand today. We are to follow Him or we follow the world. PERIOD!