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John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 John 3:1-24

The Righteousness of God and the Duties and Privileges of Sonship1. The sons of God] RV ’children of God,’ adding the words, ’and such we are.’ The word translated ’children’ here is characteristic of St. John, and implies community of nature, whereas the term ’sons’ as used by St. Paul suggests the privileged condition of heirship. 2. Note changes in RV. 3. This hope] of being hereafter like God in Christ.In him] RV ’set on him.’ Purifieth himself] ’He who looks forward to becoming like God... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 John 3:1-3

III.(2) THE DIVINE BIRTH THE OUTCOME OF GOD’S LOVE (1 John 3:1-3).—The thought of the new birth suddenly fires the Apostle’s mind with reverent amazement, in which he calls on his hearers to join. He then sketches some consequences of the Sonship:—(a)Neglect by the world, just as the world knew not Him who made them sons.(b)The future glory in the perfected likeness.(c)The purifying result of hope.Sons.—Rather, children. The asserted relationship is no mere empty rhetorical title. It is not... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 1 John 3:1-24

Sons of God 1 John 3:1 I. The grandest Title. Men will do much and endure many things for the sake of worldly honour. A man will work hard and deny himself, that he may obtain a title, or receive some cross or order from the hands of his sovereign. But these things do not last, the honour of a peerage cannot prolong a life, and the Victoria Cross, or the glittering order, must be laid on a coffin one day. The grandest title is that which the Father bestows upon us the sons of God. It means... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - 1 John 3:1-18

IV. RIGHTEOUSNESS AND LOVE AS MANIFESTED BY THE CHILDREN OF GOD CHAPTERS 2:28-3:18 1. The children of God and their coming manifestation (1 John 2:28 -1 John 3:3 ) 2. Sin and the new nature (1 John 3:4-9 ) 3. Righteousness and love (1 John 3:10-18 ) 1 John 2:28 -1 John 3:3 . The address to the babes in Christ ended with the 27th verse, and now once more he speaks of the teknia, the little children, by which all believers are meant. The exhortation has been much misunderstood. It does not... read more

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - 1 John 3:3

3:3 {4} And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even {e} as he is pure.(4) Now he describes this adoption (the glory which as yet consists in hope) by the effect that is, because whoever is made the Son of God, endeavours to resemble the Father in purity.(e) This word signifies a likeness, but not an equality. read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - 1 John 3:1-24

This chapter continues the subject introduced in ch.2:28. Verse 29 has shown that righteousness is an absolute requirement. It is indeed a solid, sound basis for the precious bestowal of the love of the Father, as in verse 1: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the children of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.” Where the claims of righteousness are honorably and properly fulfilled, the love of the Father’s... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - 1 John 3:1-24

GOD IS RIGHTEOUS The second cycle centers around the thought that God is righteous (1 John 2:29 ); hence, fellowship with God depends on doing righteousness. In the working out of the proposition the apostle speaks of three things: (1) The motive for doing righteousness: the hope we have through our sonship to God (1 John 3:1-10 ); (2) The test of doing righteousness: love to the brethren (1 John 3:11-18 ); and (3) The reward of doing righteousness: assurance of salvation (1 John 3:19 to 1... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - 1 John 3:3-12

Practical Proofs 1Jn 3:3-12 Sometimes we think it is unspeakably comfortable to live in the society of John the Apostle, because he is so full of tenderness and love and fatherly clemency. He seems to have one subject, and to amplify it with the poetry of the heart; the subject of the Apostle is love: Love God, love one another, love the brethren. In no other part of Holy Writ is the word "love" so frequently and tenderly employed. Yet, if we listen to John wholly, that is to say to his... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - 1 John 3:3

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. The purity here spoken of must be wholly derived. No man can purify himself. Much less make himself pure, as Christ is pure. But the sense is, that being by regeneration quickened into a new and spiritual life, the child of God that hath this hope in him, beholds himself pure, as Christ is pure in Christ's purity. He considers himself accepted before God in the Beloved. And he pleads on this well-grounded and... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - 1 John 3:3-10

3-10 The sons of God know that their Lord is of purer eyes than to allow any thing unholy and impure to dwell with him. It is the hope of hypocrites, not of the sons of God, that makes allowance for gratifying impure desires and lusts. May we be followers of him as his dear children, thus show our sense of his unspeakable mercy, and express that obedient, grateful, humble mind which becomes us. Sin is the rejecting the Divine law. In him, that is, in Christ, was no sin. All the sinless... read more

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