1 John 2:5
New International Version
But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:

New Living Translation
But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.

English Standard Version
but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:

Berean Study Bible
But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him:

Berean Literal Bible
But whoever may keep His word, truly in him the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

New American Standard Bible
but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

New King James Version
But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

King James Bible
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

Christian Standard Bible
But whoever keeps his word, truly in him the love of God is made complete. This is how we know we are in him:

Contemporary English Version
We truly love God only when we obey him as we should, and then we know we belong to him.

Good News Translation
But if we obey his word, we are the ones whose love for God has really been made perfect. This is how we can be sure that we are in union with God:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him:

International Standard Version
But whoever continually keeps his commandments is the kind of person in whom God's love has truly been perfected. This is how we can be sure that we are in union with God:

NET Bible
But whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him.

New Heart English Bible
But whoever keeps his word, God's love has truly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But he who keeps his word, in this one truly the love of God is perfected, for by this we know that we are in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But whoever obeys what Christ says is the kind of person in whom God's love is perfected. That's how we know we are in Christ.

New American Standard 1977
but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

Jubilee Bible 2000
But whosoever keeps his word, in him verily is the charity of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

King James 2000 Bible
But whoever keeps his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: by this we know that we are in him.

American King James Version
But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

American Standard Version
but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he that keepeth his word, in him in very deed the charity of God is perfected; and by this we know that we are in him.

Darby Bible Translation
but whoever keeps his word, in him verily the love of God is perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him.

English Revised Version
but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby know we that we are in him:

Webster's Bible Translation
But whoever keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: by this we know that we are in him.

Weymouth New Testament
But whoever obeys His Message, in him love for God has in very deed reached perfection. By this we can know that we are in Him.

World English Bible
But whoever keeps his word, God's love has most certainly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him:

Young's Literal Translation
and whoever may keep his word, truly in him the love of God hath been perfected; in this we know that in him we are.
Study Bible
Jesus Our Advocate
4If anyone says, “I know Him,” but does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him: 6Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked.…
Cross References
John 14:23
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make Our home with him.

1 John 2:3
By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments.

1 John 3:24
Whoever keeps His commandments remains in God, and God in him. And by this we know that He remains in us: by the Spirit He has given us.

1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God remains in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:13
By this we know that we remain in Him, and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit.

1 John 4:17
In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him.

1 John 5:2
By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep His commandments.

2 John 1:6
And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the very commandment you have heard from the beginning, that you must walk in love.

Treasury of Scripture

But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

whoso.

1 John 2:3,4
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments…

Psalm 105:45
That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD.

Psalm 106:3
Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

in him.

1 John 4:12,18
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us…

James 2:22
Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

hereby.

1 John 2:27,28
But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him…

1 John 3:24
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

1 John 4:13,15,16
Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit…







Lexicon
But
δ’ (d’)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

if anyone
ὃς (hos)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

keeps
τηρῇ (tērē)
Verb - Present Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5083: From teros; to guard, i.e. To note; by implication, to detain; by extension, to withhold; by extension, to withhold.

His
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

word,
λόγον (logon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

love
ἀγάπη (agapē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

has been truly perfected
τετελείωται (teteleiōtai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5048: From teleios; to complete, i.e. accomplish, or consummate.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

him.
τούτῳ (toutō)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

By
Ἐν (En)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

this
τούτῳ (toutō)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3778: This; he, she, it.

we know
γινώσκομεν (ginōskomen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1097: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to 'know' in a great variety of applications and with many implications.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

we are
ἐσμεν (esmen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

in
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

Him:
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
Verse 5. - Once more (cf. 1 John 1:7, 9) the opposite is stated and the thought carried further. But whoso keepeth his word (his doctrine as a whole, including the separate commandments), of a truth in him hath the love of God been perfected; i.e., as an accomplished fact; the relation of love has been established. In St. John ἀληθῶς is no mere expletive; it expresses reality, and reality that is known. From verse 4 we might have expected "of a truth he knoweth God;" but the apostle goes beyond this, and shows that really knowing God involves loving him (comp. 1 John 4:11). The context shows that τοῦ Θεοῦ is objective - his love of God rather than God's love of him. The insertion of τοῦ Θεοῦ here, and the drift of the Epistle thus far, are in favour of αὐτόν and αὐτοῦ in verses 3-5 meaning God rather than Christ, although αὐτός in verse 2 tells the other way. The last clause sums up and reaffirms, but as usual with a new turn of thought, the whole section (verses 3-5), which begins and ends with ἐν τούτῳ γινώσκομεν. Knowing God implies keeping his Word; and keeping his Word involves loving him; and all this implies being in him, i.e., having that fellowship with him and his Son in which the Christian's life (which is eternal life) consists, and to promote which St. John publishes his Gospel (1 John 1:3, 4). 2:3-11 What knowledge of Christ can that be, which sees not that he is most worthy of our entire obedience? And a disobedient life shows there is neither religion nor honesty in the professor. The love of God is perfected in him that keeps his commandments. God's grace in him attains its true mark, and produces its sovereign effect as far as may be in this world, and this is man's regeneration; though never absolutely perfect here. Yet this observing Christ's commands, has holiness and excellency which, if universal, would make the earth resemble heaven itself. The command to love one another had been in force from the beginning of the world; but it might be called a new command as given to Christians. It was new in them, as their situation was new in respect of its motives, rules, and obligations. And those who walk in hatred and enmity to believers, remain in a dark state. Christian love teaches us to value our brother's soul, and to dread every thing hurtful to his purity and peace. Where spiritual darkness dwells, in mind, the judgment, and the conscience will be darkened, and will mistake the way to heavenly life. These things demand serious self-examination; and earnest prayer, that God would show us what we are, and whither we are going.
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