1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves those who are his children. 2 This is how we can be sure that we love the children of God: it is by loving God and obeying his commands. 3 For loving God means obeying his commands, and his commands are not burdensome, 4 for every child of God is victorious over the world. Our faith is the victory that has triumphed over the world. 5 For who is there that is victorious over the world except the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 It was he, Jesus Christ himself, who came in water and in blood; not in water only, but in water and in blood. The Spirit also testifies to this, for the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that testify to it, 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three are at one. 9 If we accept the testimony of men, the testimony of God is stronger still; for the value of God's testimony lies in this, that he has testified to his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God possesses that testimony in his heart. Anyone who will not believe God has made him a liar, for he has refused to believe the testimony that God has borne to his Son. 11 And that testimony is that God has given us eternal life, and that this life is found in his Son.
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever has not the Son has not life. 13 I have written this so that you who believe in the Son of God may know that you have eternal life.
14 And we have confidence in him, that if we ask him for anything that is in accordance with his will, he will listen to us. 15 And if we know that he listens to whatever we ask him for, we know that the requests we have made of him are granted.
16 If anyone sees his brother committing any sin except a deadly one, he will ask and obtain life for him??rovided the sin is not a deadly one. There is such a thing as deadly sin; I do not say that a man should pray about that. 17 Any wrongdoing is sin, but there are sins that are not deadly.
18 We know that no child of God commits sin, but the fact that he is God's child protects him, and the evil one cannot touch him.
19 We know that we are children of God, while the whole world is under the power of the evil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us power to recognize him who is true; and we are in union with him who is true, through his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21 Dear children, keep away from idols.