1 John 2:3-11 New International Version

Tests of True Knowledge

3  We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4  Whoever says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5  But if anyone obeys his word, love for God[1] is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6  Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

7  Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8  Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. 9  Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[2] is still in the darkness. 10  Anyone who loves their brother and sister[3] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11  But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Footnotes

[1] 2:5 Or "word, God's love"

[2] 2:9 The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God's family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15, 17; 4:20; 5:16.

[3] 2:10 The Greek word for "brother and sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God's family; also in 3:10; 4:20, 21.

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