1 Every one who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and every one who loves the Father loves also the Son who is born to him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous; 4 for every child that has been born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory which overcomes the world, our faith. 5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus, the Christ; not by water only, but by water and by blood; and the Spirit is that which testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify; the Spirit, and the water, and the blood; and the three are one. 8 (Added verse not retained in Sawyer) 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified concerning his Son. 10 He that believes on the Son of God has the testimony in himself; he that believes not God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony which God has testified concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that has the Son has the life; he that has not the Son has not the life. 13 These things have I written to you, that you who believe in the name of the Son of God may know that you have eternal life.
14 And this is the confidence which we have in respect to him, that if we ask any thing according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions which we have asked of him.
16 If any one sees his brother commit a sin, not to death, he shall ask, and he will give him life, for those who sin not to death. There is a sin to death; I say not that you should pray for it. 17 All wickedness is sin, and there is sin not to death.
18 We know that every one who has been born of God does not sin, but he that has been born of God keeps himself, and the evil one does not touch him.
19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding that we may know the true One; and we are in the true One, in his Son Jesus Christ; this is the true God, and eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.