Knijga O Kristu

1 Ivanova 3:1-24

Božja djeca

1Gledajte koliku nam je ljubav Otac darovao: da se možemo nazvati Božjom djecom, a to i jesmo. Ali ljudi koji pripadaju ovom svijetu ne poznaju Boga, pa ne mogu ni razumjeti da smo mi njegova djeca. 2Da, ljubljeni moji, već smo sada Božja djeca, a što ćemo biti poslije, još se nije očitovalo. Ali jedno znamo: kad se očituje, bit ćemo njemu slični jer ćemo ga vidjeti onakvim kakav on doista jest. 3Tko ima tu nadu u njega, čisti se od grijeha, kao što je i on čist.

4Tko god čini grijeh, krši Božji zakon, jer je grijeh protivan Božjemu zakonu. 5Znate da je Isus došao da odnese naše grijehe i da u njemu nema grijeha. 6Tko god ostaje u njemu, ne čini grijeh. A tko griješi, nije ga ni vidio ni upoznao.

7Djeco draga, ne dopustite da vas itko glede toga zavede. Tko čini pravdu, čini je zato što je pravedan kao što je i Krist pravedan. 8Nastavlja li tko živjeti u grijehu, to pokazuje da pripada đavlu koji je u grijehu od početka. Ali Božji Sin je došao uništiti đavolska djela. 9Tko je rođen od Boga, ne živi u grijehu jer je u njemu Božje sjeme, pa više u grijehu i ne može živjeti; u njemu je započeo novi život—rođen je od Boga. 10Božja se djeca od đavolske raspoznaju po ovome: tko ne čini pravde i tko ne voli svoju braću, ne pripada Bogu.

Ljubav prema drugima

11Jer tu smo poruku, da volimo jedni druge, primili još na početku. 12Ne smijemo biti poput Kajina, koji je pripadao Zlome i ubio svojega brata. Zašto ga je ubio? Jer su mu djela bila zla, a djela njegova brata pravedna. 13Ne čudite se stoga, draga braćo, ako vas svijet mrzi.

14Volimo li svoju braću, znat ćemo da smo prešli iz smrti u vječni život. Onaj tko ih ne voli, još je uvijek mrtav. 15Tko god mrzi svojeg brata, u srcu je ubojica, a znate da nijedan ubojica u sebi nema trajnoga, vječnog života. 16Pravu smo ljubav spoznali jer je Krist za nas dao svoj život. Tako smo i mi dužni dati život za svoju braću. 17Ali ima li tko zemaljskih dobara te dobro živi, a vidi svojeg brata u potrebi i ostane pred njim tvrda srca—kako da ljubav Božja ostane u njemu?

18Nemojmo, djeco draga, voljeti samo riječju i jezikom, već djelom i iskreno. 19Po tome ćemo znati da smo od istine i umirit ćemo pred Gospodinom svoje srce 20ako nas ono u bilo čemu osuđuje. Jer Bog je veći od našeg srca i znade sve.

21Dragi moji, ako nas savjest ne osuđuje, možemo hrabro i s pouzdanjem doći k Bogu 22i dobit ćemo od njega sve što zatražimo jer vršimo njegove zapovijedi i činimo što mu je drago. 23A njegova je zapovijed: da vjerujemo u ime njegova Sina Isusa Krista i da volimo jedni druge kao što nam je on zapovjedio. 24Tko je poslušan Božjim zapovijedima, živi u Bogu i Bog u njemu. A da on živi u nama, znamo po Duhu kojega nam je poslao.

New International Version - UK

1 John 3:1-24

1See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,3:2 Or when it is made known we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

4Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6No-one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No-one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 9No-one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

More on love and hatred

11For this is the message you heard from the beginning: we should love one another. 12Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters,3:13 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verse 16. if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.

16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

19This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: we know it by the Spirit he gave us.