28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that 1 when He appears, we may have v confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 w If you know that He is righteous, you know that x everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
1 Behold a what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that b we should be called children of 2 God! Therefore the world does not know 3 us, c because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, d now we are children of God; and e it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, f we shall be like Him, for g we shall see Him as He is. 3 h And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and i sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know j that He was manifested k to take away our sins, and l in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 m He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, n that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been o born of God does not sin, for p His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.