The Epistle of John the Legate – Chapter 5
܀ ܐܓܪܬܐ ܕܝܘܚܢܢ ܀
1 Whoever believeth that Jesus is the Messiah, is born of God.
And whoever loveth the begetter, loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2 And by this we know, that we love the children of God, when we love God, and follow his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:
and his commandments are not burdensome.
4 Because, whoever is born of God, overcometh the world:
and this is the victory that overcometh the world, our faith.
5 For who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God ?
6 This is he who came by the water and the blood.
Jesus the Messiah;
not by the water only, but by the water and the blood.
And the Spirit testifieth;
because the Spirit is truth.
7 * [For there are three that testify in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit:
8 And there are three witnesses, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood:
and these three are in union.
9 If we receive the testimony of men, how much greater is the testimony of God?
And this is the testimony of God, which he hath testified concerning his Son.
10 Whoever believeth in the Son of God, hath this testimony in himself.
And whoever believeth not God, hath made him a liar, by not believing the testimony which God hath testified concerning his Son.
11 And this is the testimony, that God hath given to us life eternal, and this life is in his Son.
12 Every one that taketh hold of the Son, taketh hold of life;
and every one that taketh not hold of the Son, hath not life.
13 These things have I written to you, that ye may know that ye have life eternal, ye who believe in the name of the Son of God.
14 And this is the confidence that we have towards him, that whatever we ask of him, agreeably to his will, he heareth us.
15 And if we are persuaded that he heareth us respecting what we ask of him, we are confident of receiving presently the petitions which we asked of him.
16 If any one shall see his brother sin a sin which doth not deserve death, he shall ask, and life will be given him, to them [I say] who sin not as unto death.
For there is a sin of death;
and I do not say of this, that a man should pray for it.
17 For all iniquity is sin;
and there is a sin which is not of death.
18 And we know, that every one who is born of God, sinneth not:
for he that is born of God keepeth himself, and the evil one toucheth him not.
19 We know, that we are of God; and all the world is reposing on the evil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God hath come, and hath given us knowledge that we might know the True One;
and that we might be in the True One, in his Son Jesus the Messiah.
He is the true God, and the life eternal.
21 My children, keep yourselves from idolatry.
End of the first Epistle of John the Legate.
* v.7 – This verse is wanting in most MSS., and is omitted in the edit. London, 1826.
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