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Verse 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.

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