1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Messiah, is born of God: and every one that loves the father, will likewise be affected with love to his son. 2 by this we may know that we love the children of God, if we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 for our love of God consists in the observation of his precepts: precepts that are far from being grievous. 4 for he that is a true christian, overcomes the world: by obtaining faith, we have gain'd a victory over the world. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the son of God?
6 it appear'd by the water, and by the blood, who he was, even Jesus the Messiah; not by the water only, but by the water and by the blood: besides, the spirit is a witness too, now the spirit is truth itself. 7 There are three witnesses in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three testify the same thing. 8 so that there are three witnesses, the spirit, the water, and the blood: and these three testify the same thing. 9 if we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater: now this is the testimony, which God has given us of his son. 10 he that believeth on the son of God, hath the testimony of God thereto: he that does not believe God, impeaches his veracity, because he does not believe the testimony that God gave of his son. 11 Now what is testified, is this, that God has given to us eternal life: and this life is by his son.
12 he that receives the son, is intitled to life; and he that does not receive the son of God, has no title to life. 13 these things have I written to you, that you may know that you have eternal life, by your believing on the name of the son of God.
14 Besides, we have this confidence in him, that if we ask any thing according to his will, he will hear us. 15 and since we are sure that he hears all our prayers, we are sure that the petitions we presented to him, will be answered.
16 If any man see his brother commit a sin, which is not a mortal sin, let him pray to God, who will grant him life, for such as do not commit a mortal sin. there is a sin unto death: in which case I do not enjoin any prayer to be made. 17 every thing that is contrary to virtue, is a sin: but every sin is not a mortal sin:
18 we know that a true christian will not commit such a sin, for he that is the child of God keeps upon his guard, so that the wicked spirit does not approach him.
19 we know that we are the children of God, and the rest of the world are subject to the evil spirit.
20 We know that the son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding to know him that is true: and we are with him that is true, by his son Jesus Christ. "he is the true God, who is the author of eternal life."