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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)


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CHAPTER 3 References

1 a[1 John
4:10] b[John
1:12] cJohn
15:18, 21; 16:3
1NU adds
And we are.
2M you
2 a[Rom. 8:15,
16] b[Rom.
8:18, 19, 23] cRom. 8:29
d[Ps. 16:11] 3 a1 John 4:17
4 aRom. 4:15
5 a1 John 1:2;
3:8 bJohn 1:29
c[2 Cor. 5:21] 8 aMatt. 13:38
bLuke 10:18
9 aJohn 1:3;
3:3 b1 Pet.
11 a[John
13:34; 15:12] 12 aGen. 4:4, 8
13 a[John
15:18; 17:14] 14 1NU omits
his brother
15 aMatt. 5:21
b[Gal. 5:20,
21] 16 a[John 3:16] bJohn 10:11;
17 aDeut. 15:7


1 Behold awhat manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that bwe should be called children of 1God! Therefore the world does not know 2us, cbecause it did not know Him.
2 Beloved, anow we are children of God; and bit has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, cwe shall be like Him, for dwe shall see Him as He is.
3 aAnd everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Sin and the Child of God

4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and asin is lawlessness.
5 And you know athat He was manifested bto take away our sins, and cin Him there is no sin.
6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
8 aHe who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, bthat He might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whoever has been aborn of God does not sin, for bHis seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

The Imperative of Love

10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, athat we should love one another,
12 not as aCain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.
13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if athe world hates you.
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love 1his brother abides in death.
15 aWhoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that bno murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

The Outworking of Love

16 aBy this we know love, bbecause He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But awhoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need,

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and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
18 My little children, alet us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
19 And by this we 1know athat we are of the truth, and shall 2assure our hearts before Him.
20 aFor if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, awe have confidence toward God.
22 And awhatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments band do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ aand love one another, as He gave 1us commandment.

The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

24 Now ahe who keeps His commandments babides in Him, and He in him. And cby this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.


1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but atest the spirits, whether they are of God; because bmany false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 By this you know the Spirit of God: aEvery spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
3 and every spirit that does not confess 1that Jesus 2Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than ahe who is in the world.
5 aThey are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and bthe world hears them.
6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. aBy this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Knowing God Through Love

7 aBeloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who bloves is born of God and knows God.
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 aIn this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten bSon into the world, that we might live through Him.
10 In this is love, anot that we loved

18 aEzek.
19 aJohn 18:37
1NU shall
know 2persuade,
set at
20 a[1 Cor. 4:4,
5] 21 a[1 John
2:28; 5:14] 22 aPs. 34:15
bJohn 8:29
23 aMatt. 22:39
1M omits us
24 aJohn 14:23
bJohn 14:21;
17:21 cRom.
8:9, 14, 16

CHAPTER 4 References

1 a1 Cor. 14:29
bMatt. 24:5
2 a1 Cor. 12:3
3 1NU omits
that 2NU
omits Christ
has come in
the flesh
4 aJohn 14:30;
5 aJohn 3:31
bJohn 15:19;
6 a[1 Cor.
2:12–16] 7 a1 John 3:10,
11, 23
b1 Thess. 4:9
9 aRom. 5:8
bJohn 3:16
10 aTitus 3:5
b1 John 2:2
11 aMatt. 18:33
12 aJohn 1:18
13 aJohn 14:20
14 aJohn 1:14
bJohn 3:17;
15 a[Rom.
10:9] 16 a[1 John
3:24] b[John
14:23] 17 a1 John
19 a1 John
4:10 1NU
omits Him
20 a[1 John
2:4] b1 John
4:12 1NU he
21 a[Matt.
5:43, 44;

CHAPTER 5 References

1 a1 John 2:22;
4:2, 15 bJohn
2 aJohn 15:10
3 aJohn 14:15
bMatt. 11:30;
4 aJohn 16:33
b1 John 2:13;
4:4 1M your
5 a1 Cor. 15:57
6 aJohn
b[John 14:17]

1 JOHN 5:6

God, but that He loved us and sent His Son bto be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, aif God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Seeing God Through Love

12 aNo one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
13 aBy this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
14 And awe have seen and testify that bthe Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
15 aWhoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and ahe who abides in love abides in God, and God bin him.

The Consummation of Love

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that awe may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
19 aWe love 1Him because He first loved us.

Obedience by Faith

20 aIf someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, 1how can he love God bwhom he has not seen?
21 And athis commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.


1 Whoever believes that aJesus is the Christ is bborn of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and akeep His commandments.
3 aFor this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And bHis commandments are not burdensome.
4 For awhatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that bhas overcome the world—1our faith.
5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but ahe who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

The Certainty of God’s Witness

6 This is He who came aby water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. bAnd it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.

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1 JOHN 5:7

7 For there are three that bear witness 1in heaven: the Father, athe Word, and the Holy Spirit; band these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: athe Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
9 If we receive athe witness of men, the witness of God is greater; bfor this is the witness of 1God which He has testified of His Son.
10 He who believes in the Son of God ahas the witness in himself; he who does not believe God bhas made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12 aHe who has the Son has 1life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, 1and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

Confidence and Compassion in Prayer

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that aif we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

7 a[John 1:1] bJohn 10:30
1NU, M omit
the words
from in
heaven (v. 7)
through on
earth (v. 8).
Only 4 or 5
very late mss.
contain these
words in
8 aJohn 15:26
9 aJohn 5:34,
37; 8:17, 18
b[Matt. 3:16,
17] 1NU God,
10 a[Rom.
8:16] bJohn
3:18, 33
12 a[John 3:15,
36; 6:47; 17:2,
3] 1Or the life
13 1NU omits
the rest of
v. 13.
14 a[1 John
2:28; 3:21, 22] 16 aJob 42:8
b[Matt. 12:31] cJer. 7:16;
17 a1 John 3:4
18 a[1 Pet.
1:23] bJames
1:27 1guards
2NU him
19 aGal. 1:4 20 a1 John 4:2 bLuke 24:45
cJohn 17:3 dIs. 9:6 e1 John 5:11, 12

15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and aHe will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. bThere is sin leading to death. cI do not say that he should pray about that.
17 aAll unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

Knowing the True—Rejecting the False

18 We know that awhoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God bkeeps1 2himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
19 We know that we are of God, and athe whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
20 And we know that the aSon of God has come and bhas given us an understanding, cthat we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. dThis is the true God eand eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

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The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked

A Psalm of David.

1 DOa not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down alike the grass, And wither as the green herb.

3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 aDelight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your bheart.

5 aCommit1 your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
6 aHe shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.

7 Rest in the LORD, aand wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who bprospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 aCease from anger, and forsake wrath; bDo not fret—it only causes harm.

9 For evildoers shall be 1cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall ainherit the earth.
10 For ayet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, byou will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more.
11 aBut the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12 The wicked plots against the just, aAnd gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 aThe Lord laughs at him, For He sees that bhis day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword And have bent their bow, To cast down the poor and needy, To slay those who are of upright conduct.
15 Their sword shall enter their own heart, And their bows shall be broken.

16 aA little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, But the LORD upholds the righteous.

18 The LORD knows the days of the upright, And their inheritance shall be forever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, And in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

PSALM 37 References

1 aPs. 73:3;
[Prov. 23:17;
24:19] 2 aJob 14:2;
Ps. 90:5, 6;
92:7; James
4 aJob 22:26;
Ps. 94:19; Is.
58:14 bPs.
21:2; 145:19;
[Matt. 7:7, 8] 5 a[Ps. 55:22;
Prov. 16:3;
1 Pet. 5:7] 1Lit. Roll off
6 aJob 11:17;
[Is. 58:8, 10] 7 aPs. 40:1;
62:5; [Lam.
3:26] b[Ps.
73:3–12] 8 a[Eph. 4:26] bPs. 73:3
9 aPs. 25:13;
Prov. 2:21; [Is.
57:13; 60:21;
Matt. 5:5] 1destroyed
10 a[Heb.
10:36] bJob
7:10; Ps.
37:35, 36
11 a[Matt. 5:5] 12 aPs. 35:16
13 aPs. 2:4;
59:8 b1 Sam.
26:10; Job
16 aProv.
15:16; 16:8;
[1 Tim. 6:6] 21 aPs. 112:5, 9
22 a[Prov. 3:33] 1destroyed
23 a[1 Sam.
2:9]; Ps. 40:2;
66:9; 119:5
24 aProv. 24:16
26 a[Deut.
15:8]; Ps.
37:21 1Lit. all
the day
29 aPs. 37:9;
Prov. 2:21
30 a[Matt.
12:35] 31 1slip
32 aPs. 10:8;
33 aPs. 31:8;
[2 Pet. 2:9] 34 aPs. 27:14;
36 1So with
MT, LXX, Tg.;
Syr.,Vg. I
passed by
38 a[Ps. 1:4–6;
37:20, 28] 39 aPs. 9:9;
40 aPs. 22:4; Is.
31:5; Dan.
3:17; 6:23
b1 Chr. 5:20;
Ps. 34:22

20 But the wicked shall perish; And the enemies of the LORD, Like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.

21 The wicked borrows and does not repay, But athe righteous shows mercy and gives.
22 aFor those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, But those cursed by Him shall be 1cut off.

23 aThe steps of a good man are 1ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
24 aThough he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
26 aHe is 1ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.

27 Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.
28 For the LORD loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 aThe righteous shall inherit the land, And dwell in it forever.

30 aThe mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall 1slide.
32 The wicked awatches the righteous, And seeks to slay him.
33 The LORD awill not leave him in his hand, Nor condemn him when he is judged.

34 aWait on the LORD, And keep His way, And He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a native green tree.
36 Yet 1he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace.
38 aBut the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength ain the time of trouble.
40 And athe LORD shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, And save them, bBecause they trust in Him.




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