1 John 3:14
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New International Version
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

New Living Translation
If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead.

English Standard Version
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.

New American Standard Bible
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.

King James Bible
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. The one who does not love remains in death.

International Standard Version
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love one another. The person who does not love remains spiritually dead.

NET Bible
We know that we have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians. The one who does not love remains in death.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
We know that we have departed from death into life by this: Because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother remains in death.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love other believers. The person who doesn't grow in love remains in death.

Jubilee Bible 2000
We know that we are passed from death unto life, in that we love the brethren. He that does not love his brother abides in death.

King James 2000 Bible
We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loves not his brother abides in death.

American King James Version
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death.

American Standard Version
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not, abideth in death.

Darby Bible Translation
*We* know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love [his] brother abides in death.

English Revised Version
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death.

Webster's Bible Translation
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother, abideth in death.

Weymouth New Testament
As for us, we know that we have already passed out of death into Life--because we love our brother men. He who is destitute of love continues dead.

World English Bible
We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. He who doesn't love his brother remains in death.

Young's Literal Translation
we -- we have known that we have passed out of the death to the life, because we love the brethren; he who is not loving the brother doth remain in the death.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:11-15 We should love the Lord Jesus, value his love, and therefore love all our brethren in Christ. This love is the special fruit of our faith, and a certain sign of our being born again. But none who rightly know the heart of man, can wonder at the contempt and enmity of ungodly people against the children of God. We know that we are passed from death to life: we may know it by the evidences of our faith in Christ, of which love to our brethren is one. It is not zeal for a party in the common religion, or affection for those who are of the same name and sentiments with ourselves. The life of grace in the heart of a regenerate person, is the beginning and first principle of a life of glory, whereof they must be destitute who hate their brother in their hearts.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - We know that we have passed over out of death into life (John 5:24), because, etc. "We" is emphatic; whatever the world may feel about us, we have certain knowledge (not γινώσκομεν, but ἡμεῖς οἴδαμεν). The love of the brethren is the cause, not of the passing over, but of our knowing it. It proves that we have passed. And this test every one can apply to himself; "Do I, or do I not, find the love of the brethren within me?" A Christian can no more live without love than a plant can live without growth. He that loveth not abideth in death: he has not made the passage over. There is no accusative after "loveth," τὸν ἀδελφόν being a gloss. The statement is quite general; absence of love implies an atmosphere of death.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

We know that we have passed from death to life,.... From a death in sin, a moral or spiritual death; which lies in a separation from God, Father, Son, and Spirit; in an alienation from the life of God; in a loss of the image of God, of righteousness, holiness, and knowledge, in which man was created; in a privation of all true sense of sin, and in a servitude to it, which is unto death, and is no other than death: and from a legal death, or death in a legal sense, under the sentence of which all men are, as considered in Adam; and which God's elect are sensible of, when convinced by the Spirit of God, and are in their own apprehension as dead men. Now in regeneration, which is a quickening of sinners dead in sin, a resurrection of them from the dead, the people of God pass from this death of sin, and the law, to a life of sanctification, having principles of grace and life implanted in them; and to a life of justification, and of faith on Christ, as the Lord their righteousness; and to a life of communion with Christ; and to such a life as is to the glory of Christ; and to a right to eternal life. And this passing from the one to the other is not of themselves, it is not their own act; no man can quicken himself, or raise himself from the dead; in this men are passive: and so the words are rendered in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Arabic versions, "we know that we are translated"; that is, by God the Father, who delivers from the power of darkness, and death, and translates into the kingdom of his dear Son, which is a state of light and life; or by Christ, who is the resurrection and the life, who is the author of the resurrection from the death of sin to a life of grace; or by the Spirit of life from Christ, by whom souls are quickened, and of whom they are born again: and this passage from death to life, or regeneration, is a thing that may be, and is known by the regenerate man; who, as he knows surely, that whereas he was blind he now sees, so that whereas he was dead in sin, he is now alive; and among other things it may be known by this,

because we love the brethren: this is not the cause of passing from death to life, but the effect of it, and so an evidence of it, or that by which it is known; brotherly love being what the saints are taught of God in regeneration, and is a fruit of the Spirit of God, and is what true faith works by, and is what shows itself as soon as anything in a regenerate man; nor can anyone love the saints, as such, as brethren in Christ, unless he is born again; a man may indeed love a saint, as a natural relative, as a good neighbour, and because he has done him some good offices, and because of some excellent qualities in him, as a man of learning, sense, candour, civility, &c. though he has not the grace of God; but to love him as a child of God, a member of Christ, and because he has his image stamped on him, no man can do this, unless he has received the grace of God; so that this is a certain evidence of it:

he that loveth not his brother, abideth in death; in the death of sin, in a state of nature and unregeneracy; under the sentence of condemnation and death; and he is liable to eternal death, which is the wages of sin, under the power of which such a manifestly is. This is said to deter from hatred, as also what follows.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. We—emphatical; hated though we be by the world, we know what the world knows not.

know—as an assured fact.

passed—changed our state. Col 1:13, "from the power of darkness … translated into the kingdom of His dear Son."

from death unto life—literally, "out of the death (which enthrals the unregenerate) into the life (of the regenerate)." A palpable coincidence of language and thought, the beloved disciple adopting his Lord's words.

because we love the brethren—the ground, not of our passing over out of death into life, but of our knowing that we have so. Love, on our part, is the evidence of our justification and regeneration, not the cause of them. "Let each go to his own heart; if he find there love to the brethren, let him feel assured that he has passed from death unto life. Let him not mind that his glory is only hidden; when the Lord shall come, then shall he appear in glory. For he has vital energy, but it is still wintertime; the root has vigor, but the branches are as it were dry; within there is marrow which is vigorous, within are leaves, within fruits, but they must wait for summer" [Augustine].

He that loveth not—Most of the oldest manuscripts omit "his brother," which makes the statement more general.

abideth—still.

in death—"in the (spiritual) death" (ending in eternal death) which is the state of all by nature. His want of love evidences that no saving change has passed over him.

1 John 3:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love One Another
13Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. 15Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.…
Cross References
John 5:24
"Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

John 13:35
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

1 John 2:10
Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

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

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death.

We know.

1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1 John 5:2,13,19,20 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, …

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …

we have.

Luke 15:24,32 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is …

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on …

Ephesians 2:1,5 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…

because.

1 John 2:10 He that loves his brother stays in the light, and there is none occasion …

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of …

1 John 4:7,8,12,21 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, …

Psalm 16:3 But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in …

Matthew 25:40 And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch …

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have …

John 15:12,17 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you…

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Ephesians 1:15 Why I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love …

Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which …

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

Hebrews 6:10,11 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

that loveth.

1 John 2:9,11 He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness …

1 John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for …

Proverbs 21:16 The man that wanders out of the way of understanding shall remain …

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