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1 John 3

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. Dear 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,[a] we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

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

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The 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. No 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. 10 This 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.

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11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do 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. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters,[b] if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.

16 This 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. 17 If 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? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

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

Notas al pie

  1. 1 John 3:2 Or when it is made known
  2. 1 John 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.

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1 Johannes 3

Guds børn lever ikke i synd

1Tænk, hvor højt Gud Fader elsker os! Vi må kaldes hans børn, og det er vi! De, der tilhører denne verden, forstår os ikke, fordi de ikke forstår, hvem Jesus[a] er. Elskede venner, vi er Guds børn allerede her og nu, og vi kan ikke forestille os, hvor herligt det vil blive i fremtiden engang. Vi ved dog så meget, at når Jesus kommer igen, skal vi blive ligesom ham, for til den tid får vi ham at se, som han er i al sin herlighed. Enhver, der lever i den forventning, må rense sig for at blive ligesom ham, der er renheden selv.

Enhver, der lever i synd, lever i oprør mod Gud. Al synd er nemlig oprør mod Gud. I ved, at Jesus blev født ind i denne verden for at tage vores synd på sig,[b] men at han aldrig selv begik nogen synd. Den, der holder fast ved ham,[c] lever ikke i synd. Den, der lever i synd, har ikke virkelig mødt ham og har ikke virkelig forstået, hvem han er.

Lad ingen føre jer på vildspor, kære børn! De, der følger Guds vilje, ligesom Jesus gjorde, er dem, der hører ham til. De, der lever i synd, følger Djævelens vilje, for Djævelen har levet i oprør mod Gud fra begyndelsen af. Husk, at Guds Søn kom til jorden for at gøre ende på Djævelens gerninger. De, der er født af Gud, lever ikke i synd, for de har noget af Guds natur i sig. De kan ikke få sig selv til at synde, for de er født af Gud. 10 Men de, der ikke lever efter Guds vilje og ikke elsker andre kristne, er ikke født af Gud. På den måde kan man skelne mellem, hvem der er Guds børn, og hvem der er Djævelens børn.

Vis jeres kærlighed i handling, som Jesus gjorde

11 Det er altså ikke et budskab, som er nyt for jer, for I har altid vidst, at: Vi skal elske hinanden. 12 Lad os ikke være som Kain, der fulgte den Ondes vilje og myrdede sin bror. Hvorfor gjorde han det? Han hadede ham, fordi hans egne handlinger var onde, men Abels var gode. 13 Derfor skal I ikke undre jer over, at verden hader jer.

14 Vi ved, at vi, som elsker andre kristne, er gået over fra døden til livet. Men et menneske, der ikke viser kærlighed, befinder sig i dødens mørke. 15 Hvis I, som tilhører samme åndelige familie, hader hinanden, er I jo ikke bedre end mordere, og I ved, at mordere ikke har del i det evige liv. 16 Vi har lært, hvad kærlighed virkelig er, ved at se Jesus ofre sit liv for os. Derfor bør vi også være parate til at ofre livet for vores medkristne.

17 Hvis en kristen, der har rigeligt med penge, ser en anden kristen lide nød, men nægter at hjælpe, hvordan kan Guds kærlighed så være i sådan en person? 18 Mine kære børn, lad os ikke nøjes med at sige, at vi elsker hinanden, lad os vise det i praksis. 19 Derved kan vi vide, at vi hører Sandheden til, og så kan vi stå foran Gud med god samvittighed. 20 Selvom vores hjerte måske vil fordømme os, så ved vi, at Gud er større end vores hjerte, og at han kender det hele.

21 Elskede venner, hvis vores hjerte ikke fordømmer os, kan vi være frimodige over for Gud 22 og tro på, at vi får det, vi beder om, fordi vi følger hans befalinger og gør det, der glæder ham. 23 Hans befaling er, at vi skal tro på hans Søn, Jesus Kristus, og at vi skal elske hinanden. 24 De, der følger hans befalinger, holder sig nær til ham, og han holder sig nær til dem. Hvordan kan vi vide, at Gud er os nær? Det kan vi gennem den Ånd, han har givet os.

Notas al pie

  1. 3,1 Eller: „hvem Gud er.” Ordret: „hvem han er.”
  2. 3,5 Jf. Joh. 1,29.
  3. 3,6 Jf. Joh. 15,4-7.