Laws in the Epistles of John

God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5

If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another. – 1 John 1:7

If we keep his commandments, we know the Christ. – 1 John 2:3

Whoever keeps Christ's word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. – 1 John 2:5

He who says he abides in Christ ought himself also to walk just as he walked. – 1 John 2:6

He who says he is in the Light, and hates his brother, is in darkness. – 1 John 2:9

He who loves his brother abides in the Light. – 1 John 2:10

He who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. – 1 John 2:11

Do not love the world or the things in the world; if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. – 1 John 2:15

All that is in the world‑‑the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life‑‑is not of the Father but is of the world. – 1 John 2:16

He is Antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. – 1 John 2:22

Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. – 1 John 2:23

If you know that Christ is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of him. – 1 John 2:29

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. – 1 John 3:2

Everyone who has this hope in God purifies himself, just as He is pure. – 1 John 3:3

Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. – 1 John 3:4

The Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. – 1 John 3:8

Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. – 1 John 3:18

If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. – 1 John 3:20

Whatever we ask we receive from God, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. – 1 John 3:22

Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. – 1 John 4:1

By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ 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. – 1 John 4:2‑3

We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. – 1 John 4:6

Let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. – 1 John 4:8

No one has seen God at anytime. – 1 John 4:12

If we love one another; God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. – 1 John 4:12

By this we know that we abide in God, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. – 1 John 4:13

God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. – 1 John 4:16

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. – 1 John 4:18

He who fears has not been made perfect in love. – 1 John 4:18

He who loves God must love his brother also. – 1 John 4:21

This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. – 1 John 5:3

Whatever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that has overcome the world ‑‑ our faith. – 1 John 5:4

Three bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. – 1 John 5:7

Three bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. --1 John 5:8

God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. – 1 John 5:11

If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and Christ will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. – 1 John 5:16

Do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God. – 3 John 1:11

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Traditional belief held that the Epistles of John were written by the Apostle John; modern scholars believe that he wrote neither the Gospel nor the three Epistles that bear his name. The text is believed to have been composed between 90 and 120 A.D.

We have used the King James Version of the Bible as the basis for this list. Some Scripture may have been taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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