1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves His child. 2 This is how we can be sure that we love the children of God, by continuing to love God and to obey His commands. 3 For love to God means this, to practice obedience to His commands, and His commands are not burdensome, 4 for every child of God continues to conquer the world. Our faith is the victory that has conquered the world. 5 Now who is it that continues to conquer the world, if it is not the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 He is the One who came through water and blood -- Jesus Christ; not through water only but through water and blood. The Spirit also testifies to this, because the Spirit is truth. 7 Omitted Text. 8 Because there are three that testify to it, the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and the three agree. 9 If we accept the testimony of men, the testimony of God is stronger still; because this is the testimony that God has borne to His Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his own heart. Whoever does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has borne to His Son. 11 And this testimony is that God has given us eternal life, and this life is given through union with His Son.
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son does not have life. 13 I have written this to you who believe in the person of the Son of God, so that you may know that you already have eternal life.
14 And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask for anything that is in accordance with His will, He will listen to us. 15 And if we know that He listens to us in whatever we ask Him for, we know that we get from Him the things that we have asked Him for.
16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not lead to death, he will ask and God will grant him life; yea, He will grant it to any who do not commit a sin that leads to death. There is a sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. 17 Any wrongdoing is sin; and there are sins that do not lead to death.
18 We know that no one who is born of God makes a practice of sinning, but the Son who was born of God continues to keep him, and the evil one cannot touch him.
19 We know that we are children of God, and that 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 insight to recognize the True One; and we are in union with the True One through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21 Dear children, once for all put yourselves beyond the reach of idols.