THE FIRST EPISTLE
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.