The believer loves God rather than the world (1 John 2:15). May we be followers of him as his dear children, thus show our sense of his unspeakable mercy, and express that obedient, … Proud member Sin is incompatible with birth from God ( 1 John 3:1-3 ). 7, 8. . of the truth--that we are real disciples of, and belonging to, the truth, as it is in Jesus: begotten of God with the word of truth. The normal direction of the believer's energies is against sin; the law of God after the inward man is the ruling principle of his true self though the old nature, not yet fully deadened, rebels and sins. Our superfluities should yield to the necessities; our comforts, and even our necessaries in some measure, should yield to the extreme wants of our brethren. He sinneth not so long as he abideth in Christ.

works of the devil--sin, and all its awful consequences. The connection is, The manifestation to the world of what we shall be, has not yet taken place; we know (in general; as a matter of well-assured knowledge; so the Greek) that when (literally, "if"; expressing no doubt as to the fact, but only as to the time; also implying the coming preliminary fact, on which the consequence follows, Malachi 1:6 , John 14:3 ) He (not "it," namely, that which is not yet manifested [ALFORD]) shall be manifested ( 1 John 3:5 , 2:28 ), we shall be like Him (Christ; all sons have a substantial resemblance to their father, and Christ, whom we shall be like, is "the express image of the Father's person," so that in resembling Christ, we shall resemble the Father). God's law of purity; and so shows he has no such hope of being hereafter pure as God is pure, and, therefore, that he is not born of God. The world feels its bad works tacitly reproved by your good works. He is pure, and believers seek to live like Him. But thus the same Greek is translated "because" in the beginning, and "(we know) that" in the middle of the verse, and if the verse were consolatory, it probably would have been, "Because EVEN if our heart condemn us," &c. Therefore translate, "Because (rendering the reason why it has been stated in 1 John 3:19 to be so important to 'assure our hearts before Him') if our heart condemn (Greek, 'know [aught] against us'; answering by contrast to 'we shall know that we are of the truth') us (it is) because God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things." 1 John 3:22(NASB) Verse Thoughts Many self-righteous Christians take this verse out of its Biblical context to mean that God has effectively signed a blank check, which allows His children to fill in a simple prayer request to ensure that they get whatever they want - in order to fulfil their fleshly lusts. None but the pure can see the infinitely Pure One. The Second Person, by whom both the Law and Gospel were given. This gaining over the heart to peace is not so advanced a stage as the having CONFIDENCE towards God which flows from a heart condemning us not. Still the consolatory view may be the right one. 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].

neither--"not even." After our natural birth, the new birth into the life of grace is needed, which is to be followed by the new birth into the life of glory; the two latter alike are termed "the regeneration" ( Matthew 19:28 ).

Behold--calling attention, as to some wonderful exhibition, little as the world sees to admire. He who hates (that is, loveth not) his brother ( 1 John 3:14 ), cannot in this his present state have eternal life abiding in him. this is his commandment--singular: for faith and love are not separate commandments, but are indissolubly united. There is no middle class between the children of God and the children of the devil. of that wicked one--Translate, "evil one," to accord with "Because his own works were evil." we know--The oldest manuscripts have "we shall know," namely, if we fulfil the command ( 1 John 3:18 ). ( 1 John 3:18 ). Colossians 1:13 , "from the power of darkness . Therefore we are to be so. let no man deceive you--as Antinomians try to mislead men. What true love to the brethren is, illustrated by the love of Christ to us. hath--Such a one still "abideth in death." Having herein the truth radically, we shall be sure not to love merely in word and tongue.

“Bestowed” is in the perfect tense, suggesting the enduring effect of the love God has given. This theme closely connects with the words of John 1:12: … 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." 3. this hope--of being hereafter "like Him." righteousness--Greek, "the righteousness," namely, of Christ or God. Our hypocrisy in loving by word and tongue, not in deed and truth, does not escape even our conscience, though weak and knowing but little, how much less God who knows all things! destroy--break up and do away with; bruising and crushing the serpent's head.

All rights reserved. In all these passages the Greek is the same verb opsomai; not denoting the action of seeing, but the state of him to whose eye or mind the object is presented; hence the Greek verb is always in the middle or reflexive voice, to perceive and inwardly appreciate [TITTMANN]. Such an attitude is unbiblical and such an interpretation not only contradicts the gospel of grace but is inconsistent with the correct interpretation and context of this passage on prayer - for positive declaration views faith as a force that can create one's own reality or that God can be commanded to heal or to work miracles according to man's will and in response to man's word. John argues, Christians cannot do that which Christ came to destroy. The "what" suggests a something inconceivably glorious.