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The Pulpit Commentary - 1 John 3:3

The hope: its purifying power. Connecting link: The apostle has just pointed out the blessedness which gathers round the new relationship of children of God, both as to its present privilege and as to its future glory. And if any one should suggest that it is very questionable doctrine, to assert merely that the sight of Christ by-and-by will make them all that they ought to be, the anticipative reply is ready. That sight will but complete the resemblance which is even now being aimed at... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 John 3:3

And every man that hath this hope in him - This hope of seeing the Saviour, and of being made like him; that is, every true Christian. On the nature and influence of hope, see the notes at Romans 8:24-25.Purifieth himself - Makes himself holy. That is, under the influence of this hope of being like the Saviour, he puts forth those efforts in struggling against sin, and in overcoming his evil propensities, which are necessary to make him pure. The apostle would not deny that for the success of... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 John 3:3

1 John 3:3. And every man that hath this hope in him An expectation of seeing Christ as he is, built on a solid foundation, namely, the foundation of being a child and heir of God; purifieth himself By applying to, and confiding in, the purifying blood of Christ, with a penitent, believing heart; by earnestly praying for and receiving the purifying Spirit of God; by obeying the purifying word, (1 Peter 1:22,) and by exercising purifying faith in the truths and promises of the gospel, Acts... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 John 3:1-10

3:1-5:5 THE LIFE OF LOVERight behaviour for God’s children (3:1-10)John cannot find words to express his feelings when he considers the great love God has shown in making sinful people his children. They now think and act according to the nature of their heavenly Father, with the result that unbelievers, who think and act according to the world’s standards, cannot understand them (3:1). God’s children know little about the nature of life in the world to come, but they know at least that in some... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 John 3:3

in = upon ( App-104 .), i.e. set, or fixed on. purifieth . Greek. hagnizo. See Acts 21:24 . even as . See 1 John 2:6 . pure . Greek. hagnos. See 2 Corinthians 7:11 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 1 John 3:3

And everyone that hath this hope set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.And everyone that hath this hope set on him ... The RSV is a better translation: "Everyone who thus hopes in him." This means, "everyone who hopes in Christ." The great obligation of every person "in Christ" is to exhibit the righteousness and purity so perfectly exemplified in him.There is another glimpse in this of the "perfection" that God requires of his children. Being as pure as Christ is pure is the same as... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 1 John 3:3

1 John 3:3. That hath this hope— The phrase Ο εχων, signifies, he that keepeth, holdeth, or retaineth: he purifies himself; consequently he is not like a stone, or like a machine, which is entirely passive: God, it is true, gives him all the power by imparting his grace unto him; and this is the use which he is obliged to make of it. It is not said that he purifies himself, as Jesus Christ purifies himself; Jesus Christ was never polluted with any immorality, he therefore has no occasion to... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 1 John 3:3

3. this hope—of being hereafter "like Him." Faith and love, as well as hope, occur in 1 John 3:11; 1 John 3:23. in—rather, "(resting) upon Him"; grounded on His promises. purifieth himself—by Christ's Spirit in him (John 15:5, end). "Thou purifiest thyself, not of thyself, but of Him who comes that He may dwell in thee" [AUGUSTINE]. One's justification through faith is presupposed. as he is pure—unsullied with any uncleanness. The Second Person, by whom both the Law and Gospel were given. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 John 3:3

In the meantime we anticipate seeing and knowing Jesus Christ fully, and that anticipation has a purifying effect on us now (cf. 1 John 2:1; 1 John 2:6; 1 John 2:29; 1 John 3:7; 1 John 3:16; 1 John 4:17; Matthew 5:8). [Note: See Wayne A. Brindle, "Biblical Evidence for the Imminence of the Rapture," Bibliotheca Sacra 158:630 (April-June 2001):149-50.] Similarly in the future seeing and knowing Christ will have a completely purifying effect on us (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:18). The believer’s hope is... read more

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