New American Standard Bible
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
King James Bible
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Darby Bible Translation
Ye are of God, children, and have overcome them, because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.
World English Bible
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.
Young's Literal Translation
Ye -- of God ye are, little children, and ye have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Ye are of God - You are of his family; you have embraced his truth, and imbibed his Spirit.
Little children - Notes, 1 John 2:1.
And have overcome them - Have triumphed over their arts and temptations; their endeavors to draw you into error and sin. The word them in this place seems to refer to the false prophets or teachers who collectively constituted antichrist. The meaning is, that they had frustrated or thwarted all their attempts to turn them away from the truth.
Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world - God, who dwells in your hearts, and by whose strength and grace alone you have been enabled to achieve this victory, is more mighty than Satan, who rules in the hearts of the people of this world, and whose seductive arts are seen in the efforts of these false teachers. The apostle meant to say that it was by no power of their own that they achieved this victory, but it was to be traced solely to the fact that God dwelt among them, and had preserved them by his grace. What was true then is true now. He who dwells in the hearts of Christians by his Spirit, is infinitely more mighty than Satan, "the ruler of the darkness of this world;" and victory, therefore, over all his arts and temptations may be sure. In his conflicts with sin, temptation, and error, the Christian should never despair, for his God will insure him the victory.
LibraryChrist's Mission the Revelation of God's Love
'Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.'--1 John iv. 10. This is the second of a pair of twin verses which deal with substantially the same subject under two slightly different aspects. The thought common to both is that Christ's mission is the great revelation of God's love. But in the preceding verse the point on which stress is laid is the manifestation of that love, and in our text the point mainly brought out is its …
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"Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?
1 John 2:1
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
1 John 2:13
I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.
1 John 3:20
in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things.
1 John 4:6
We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
1 John 5:4
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith.
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