1 Everyone who believes Jesus is the Christ, is born of God; and everyone who loves the Father, loves the sons born of him. 2 This is how we are sure that we love God's children, by loving God and obeying his commands 3 (for love to God means keeping his commands). And his commands are not irksome, 4 for whatever is born of God conquers the world. Our faith, that is the conquest which conquers the world. 5 Who is the world's conqueror but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 Jesus Christ, he it is who came by water, blood, and Spirit ??not by the water alone, but by the water and the blood. 7 The Spirit is the witness to this, for the Spirit is truth. 8 The witnesses are three, the Spirit and the water and the blood, and the three of them are in accord. 9 If we accept human testimony, God's testimony is greater; for God's testimony consists in his testimony to his Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God possesses that testimony within himself; he who will not believe God, has made God a liar by refusing to believe the testimony which God has borne to his Son. 11 And the testimony is, that God gave us life eternal and this life is in his Son.
12 He who possesses the Son possesses life: he who does not possess the Son does not possess life. 13 I have written in this way to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may be sure you have life eternal.
14 Now the confidence we have in him is this, that he listens to us whenever we ask anything in accordance with his will; 15 and if we know he listens to whatever we ask, we know we obtain the requests we have made to him.
16 If anyone notices his brother committing a sin which is not deadly, he will ask and obtain life for him ??for anyone who does not commit a deadly sin. There is such a thing as deadly sin; I do not mean he is to pray for that. 17 All iniquity is sin, but there are sins which are not deadly.
18 We know that anyone who is born of God does not sin; He who was born of God preserves him, and the evil One never catches him.
19 We know that we belong to God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil One.
20 We know that the Son of God has come, and has given us insight to know Him who is the Real God; and we are in Him who is real, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the real God, this is life eternal.
21 My dear children, keep clear of idols.