1 John 2:3
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New International Version
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

New Living Translation
And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.

English Standard Version
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.

New American Standard Bible
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

King James Bible
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is how we are sure that we have come to know Him: by keeping His commands.

International Standard Version
This is how we can be sure that we have come to know him: if we continually keep his commandments.

NET Bible
Now by this we know that we have come to know God: if we keep his commandments.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And by this we sense that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We are sure that we know Christ if we obey his commandments.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And in this we do know that we have known him if we keep his commandments.

King James 2000 Bible
And by this we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

American King James Version
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

American Standard Version
And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And by this we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments.

Darby Bible Translation
And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

English Revised Version
And hereby know we that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

Webster's Bible Translation
And by this we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

Weymouth New Testament
And by this we may know that we know Him--if we obey His commands.

World English Bible
This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commandments.

Young's Literal Translation
and in this we know that we have known him, if his commands we may keep;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:3-11 What knowledge of Christ can that be, which sees not that he is most worthy of our entire obedience? And a disobedient life shows there is neither religion nor honesty in the professor. The love of God is perfected in him that keeps his commandments. God's grace in him attains its true mark, and produces its sovereign effect as far as may be in this world, and this is man's regeneration; though never absolutely perfect here. Yet this observing Christ's commands, has holiness and excellency which, if universal, would make the earth resemble heaven itself. The command to love one another had been in force from the beginning of the world; but it might be called a new command as given to Christians. It was new in them, as their situation was new in respect of its motives, rules, and obligations. And those who walk in hatred and enmity to believers, remain in a dark state. Christian love teaches us to value our brother's soul, and to dread every thing hurtful to his purity and peace. Where spiritual darkness dwells, in mind, the judgment, and the conscience will be darkened, and will mistake the way to heavenly life. These things demand serious self-examination; and earnest prayer, that God would show us what we are, and whither we are going.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 3-6. - Thirdly, walking in the light involves obedience. Verse 3. - And herein we perceive that we know him, if we keep his commandments γινώσκομεν, we come to know, we recognize; ἐγνώκαμεν, we have come to know, we know). The token of our having this knowledge is stated hypothetically; not because, but if, we obey. To serve under another and obey him is one of the best ways of knowing his character. The knowledge is no mere intellectual apprehension, such as the Gnostic, postulated, but a moral and spiritual affection and activity. It is possible to know and hate (John 16:24). Again, the knowledge is not a mere emotional appreciation. Christianity knows nothing of piety without morality. To know Christ is to love him, and to love him is to obey and imitate him. By "keep" τῆρῶμεν is recant "keep the eye fixed upon, observe."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And hereby we do know that we know him,.... Either the Father, with whom Christ is an advocate; not as the God of nature, and by the light of it, nor as the lawgiver and Judge of the whole earth, and by the law of Moses; but as the God of all grace, as a God pardoning iniquity, transgression, and sin, as the Father of Christ, and as in him by the Gospel; and this not in a mere notional and speculative way, but with love and affection; not with fear and trembling, as devils know him, nor in theory, as formal professors and hypocrites, but with a knowledge, joined with hearty love of him, and cheerful obedience to him: or else Christ, the advocate and propitiation for sin; and him also, not with a mere notional knowledge of his person and offices, which carnal men and devils themselves have of him, but with that which is spiritual, special, and saving, being from the Spirit and grace of God; and regards Christ as a Saviour, as a propitiatory sacrifice for sin, and an advocate with God the Father; and by which he is approved as such, to the rejection of all other savours, sacrifices, and advocates; and is trusted, confided, and believed in as such, and affectionately loved, and that above all others, in sincerity and truth; and is readily obeyed in his word and ordinances; for where there is true knowledge of Christ, there is faith in him; and where there is faith in him, there is love to him, for faith works by love; and where there is love to him, there will be an observance of his commands; and this is here made the evidence of the true knowledge of him: for it follows,

if we keep his commandments; not the commandments of men, for the keeping of them arises from ignorance of God, and is a proof of it; nor the commandments of the ceremonial law, which are abolished, particularly circumcision, which is opposed to the keeping of the commandments of God, 1 Corinthians 7:19; but either those of the moral law, and which are more particularly the commandments of God the Father; the observance of which, though it cannot be with perfection, yet being in faith, and from love to God, and with a view to his glory, is an evidence of the true knowledge of him and of his will: or else those commandments, which are more especially the commandments of Christ Jesus; such as the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's supper, which are peculiar to the Gospel dispensation; and which being kept as they were delivered by Christ, and in his name and strength, and to his glory, without depending on them for life and salvation, is an argument and proof of the right knowledge of him; and particularly his new commandment of loving one another may be chiefly designed, that being what the apostle has greatly in view throughout this epistle; now let it be observed, that keeping of the commands of God, or Christ, is not the knowledge of either of them itself, for much may be done in an external way, yet neither God nor Christ be spiritually and savingly known; nor is it the cause of such knowledge, for that is owing to the Spirit and grace of God; but is an effect or consequence of spiritual knowledge, and so an evidence of it; hereby is not the knowledge itself, but the knowledge of that knowledge, that is, that it is true and genuine.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. hereby—Greek, "in this." "It is herein," and herein only, that we know (present tense) that we have knowledge of (perfect tense, once-for-all obtained and continuing knowledge of) Him" (1Jo 2:4, 13, 14). Tokens whereby to discern grace are frequently given in this Epistle. The Gnostics, by the Spirit's prescient forewarning, are refuted, who boasted of knowledge, but set aside obedience. "Know Him," namely, as "the righteous" (1Jo 2:1, 29); our "Advocate and Intercessor."

keep—John's favorite word, instead of "do," literally, "watch," "guard," and "keep safe" as a precious thing; observing so as to keep. So Christ Himself. Not faultless conformity, but hearty acceptance of, and willing subjection to, God's whole revealed will, is meant.

commandments—injunctions of faith, love, and obedience. John never uses "the law" to express the rule of Christian obedience: he uses it as the Mosaic law.

1 John 2:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jesus is Our Advocate
2and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 3By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;…
Cross References
John 14:15
"If you love me, keep my commands.

John 15:10
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love.

1 John 2:4
Whoever says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.

1 John 2:5
But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:

1 John 2:13
I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

1 John 3:6
No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

1 John 3:22
and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

1 John 3:24
The one who keeps God's commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:13
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.

1 John 5:2
This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.

1 John 5:3
In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

Revelation 12:17
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring--those who keep God's commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.

Revelation 14:12
This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

hereby.

1 John 2:4-6 He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, …

1 John 3:14,19 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the …

1 John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has …

1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

we know.

Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: …

John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

if we.

1 John 3:22,23 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, …

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his …

Psalm 119:6,32 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect to all your commandments…

Luke 6:46 And why call you me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

John 14:15,21-24 If you love me, keep my commandments…

John 15:10,14 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as …

1 Thessalonians 4:1,2 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation …

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …

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