1 John 5

Overcoming the World

1 k Everyone who believes that l Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and m everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 n By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For o this is the love of God, that we p keep his commandments. And q his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For r everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - s our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes t that Jesus is the Son of God?

Testimony Concerning the Son of God

6 This is he who came u by water and blood - Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And v the Spirit is the one who testifies, because w the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 9 x If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God y that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God z has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God a has made him a liar, b because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us c eternal life, and d this life is in his Son. 12 e Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

That You May Know

13 I write f these things to you who g believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is h the confidence that we have toward him, that i if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and j God 1 will give him life - to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. k There is sin that leads to death; l I do not say that one should pray for that. 17 m All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.

18 We know that n everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but o he who was born of God p protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

19 We know that we are from God, and q the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

20 And we know that the Son of God has come and r has given us understanding, so that we may know s him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and t eternal life. 21 Little children, u keep yourselves from idols.

  1. Cross References
    John 1:12
    But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
  2. Cross References
    1 John 2:22
    Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.
  3. Cross References
    John 8:42
    Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.
  4. Cross References
    1 John 2:5
    But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
    1 John 3:24
    Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
    1 John 4:13
    By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
  5. Cross References
    2 John 1:6
    And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
    John 14:15
    If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
  6. Cross References
    1 John 2:3
    And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
  7. Cross References
    Matthew 11:30
    For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
  8. Cross References
    1 John 3:9
    No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.
    1 John 4:4
    Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
    John 16:33
    I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 15:57
    But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Ephesians 6:16
    In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one.
  10. Cross References
    1 John 4:15
    Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
  11. Cross References
    1 John 5:8
    The Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.
  12. Cross References
    John 15:26
    But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
    Acts 5:32
    And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.
  13. Cross References
    John 14:17
    Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
    John 15:26
    But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.
    John 16:13
    When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
  14. Cross References
    John 5:34
    Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved.
    John 5:36 - 37
    But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me.
    John 8:17 - 18
    In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true.
  15. Cross References
    Matthew 3:17
    And behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.
  16. Cross References
    Romans 8:16
    The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.
    Galatians 4:6
    And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!
    Revelation 12:17
    Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.
    Revelation 19:10
    Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God." For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
  17. Cross References
    1 John 1:10
    If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
    John 3:33
    Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.
  18. Cross References
    John 5:38
    And you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.
  19. Cross References
    1 John 2:25
    And this is the promise that he made to us - eternal life.
    1 John 4:9
    In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
  20. Cross References
    John 1:4
    In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
  21. Cross References
    John 3:15
    That whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
    John 3:36
    Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
    John 5:24
    Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
    John 6:40
    For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
    John 6:47
    Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.
  22. Cross References
    John 20:31
    But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
  23. Cross References
    John 1:12
    But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
  24. Cross References
    1 John 2:28
    And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.
    1 John 3:21
    Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.
    1 John 4:17
    By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
  25. Cross References
    1 John 3:22
    And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
    Proverbs 10:24
    What the wicked dreads will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted.
  26. Cross References
    Job 42:8
    Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.
    James 5:15
    And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
  27. Cross References
    Matthew 12:31 - 32
    Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
    Mark 3:29
    But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" -
    Luke 12:10
    And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
    Hebrews 6:4 - 6
    For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit.
    Hebrews 10:26
    For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.
  28. Cross References
    Jeremiah 7:16
    As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.
    Jeremiah 14:11
    The Lord said to me: "Do not pray for the welfare of this people.
  29. Cross References
    1 John 3:4
    Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.
  30. Cross References
    1 John 3:9
    No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.
  31. Cross References
    John 1:18
    No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
  32. Cross References
    John 17:12
    While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
  33. Cross References
    Luke 4:6
    And said to him, "To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will.
    Galatians 1:4
    Who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.
  34. Cross References
    Luke 24:45
    Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
  35. Cross References
    John 17:3
    And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
    Revelation 3:7
    And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: 'The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
  36. Cross References
    1 John 5:11 - 13
    And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
  37. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 10:7
    Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.
    1 Corinthians 10:14
    Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
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