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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 John 3:23-24

The apostle, having mentioned keeping the commandments, and pleasing God, as the qualification of effectual petitioners in and with Heaven, here suitably proceeds, I. To represent to us what those commandments primarily and summarily are; they are comprehended in this double one: And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment, 1 John 3:23. To believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ is, 1. To discern... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 John 3:19-24

3:19-24a By this we know that we are of the truth, and by this we will reassure our heart before him, when our heart condemns us in anything, for God is greater than our hearts and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we can come confidently to God and receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do the things which are well pleasing to him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 John 3:19-24

John goes on to speak of the two things which are well-pleasing in God's sight, the two commandments on obedience to which our relationship to God depends. (i) We must believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. Here we have that use of the word name which is peculiar to the biblical writers. It does not mean simply the name by which a person is called; it means the whole nature and character of that person as far as it is known to us. The Psalmist writes: "Our help is in the name of the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 John 3:23

And this is his commandment ,.... Having mentioned the keeping of the commandments of God, the apostle proceeds to show what they are; that they are faith in Christ, and love to one another; which two are reduced to one, because they are inseparable; where the one is, the other is; faith works by love. That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ ; Christ is the object of faith, and he is no, as he is Jesus, a Saviour; faith deals with him as such, and will have no other... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 John 3:23

That we should believe on the name of his Son - We are commanded to believe on Christ, that for the sake of his passion and death we may be justified from all things from which we could not be justified by the law of Moses; and being through him redeemed from the guilt of sin, restored to the Divine favor, and made partakers of the Holy Ghost, we are enabled to love one another as he gave us commandment; for without a renewal of the heart, love to God and man is impossible, and this renewal... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 John 3:23

Verse 23 23And this is his commandment He again accommodates a general truth to his own purpose. The meaning is, that such is the discord between us and God, that we are kept off from an access to him, except we are united by love to one another. At the same time he does not here commend love alone, as before, but joins it as the companion and attendant of faith. The Sophists by their glosses distort these words, as though liberty to pray were obtained by us, partly by faith and partly by... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 3:13-24

Hate and death contrasted with love and life ( 1 John 3:13-15 ); generous love, which has its pattern in the self-sacrifice of Christ ( 1 John 3:16 , 1 John 3:17 ); sincere love, which is the ground of our boldness toward God, who has commanded us to love ( 1 John 3:18-24 ). read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 3:13-24

The sign of brotherly love. I. LOVE TO BE TRACED TO A SAVING CHANGE . 1 . Not to be expected in the world. "Marvel not, brethren, if the world hateth you." Cain hated Abel; after the same fashion the world hates Christ's people. Our Lord, whom John here echoes, points to the fact of his being hated before his people, and then adds, "If ye were of the world, the world would love its own: but because ye are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 3:18-24

As in 1 John 2:28 , St. John bursts out into personal exhortation (comp. verse 13; John 4:1 , John 4:7 ), based upon the preceding statements. He then restates the motive in a new form both positively and negatively. read more

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