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:
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.
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.
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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
But whoso keepeth his word - That is, what he has spoken or commanded, The term "word" here will include all that he has made known to us as his will in regard to our conduct.
In him verily is the love of God perfected - He professes to have the love of God in his heart, and that love receives its completion or filling up by obedience to the will of God. That obedience is the proper carrying out, or the exponent of the love which exists in the heart. Love to the Saviour would be defective without that, for it is never complete without obedience. If this be the true interpretation, then the passage does not make any affirmation about sinless perfection, but it only affirms that if true love exists in the heart, it will be carried out in the life; or that love and obedience are parts of the same thing; that one will be manifested by the other; and that where obedience exists, it is the completion or perfecting of love. Besides, the apostle does not say that either the love or the obedience would be in themselves absolutely perfect; but he says that one cannot fully develop itself without the other.
Hereby know we that we are in him - That is, by having in fact such love as shall insure obedience. To be in him, is to be united to him; to be his friends. Compare the John 6:56 note; Romans 13:14 note.
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Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
1 John 2:3
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
1 John 3:24
The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
1 John 4:12
No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in 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.
1 John 4:17
By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
1 John 5:2
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.
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