1 John 3:19
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New International Version
This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:

New Living Translation
Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.

English Standard Version
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;

Berean Study Bible
And by this we will know that we belong to the truth, and will assure our hearts in His presence:

Berean Literal Bible
And by this we will know that we are of the truth, and we will assure our heart before Him,

New American Standard Bible
We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him

King James Bible
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is how we will know we belong to the truth and will convince our conscience in His presence,

International Standard Version
This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and how we will be able to keep ourselves strong in his presence.

NET Bible
And by this we will know that we are of the truth and will convince our conscience in his presence,

New Heart English Bible
And by this we will know that we are of the truth, and persuade our heart before him,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And by this we are made known that we are from the truth, and we assure our hearts before he comes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and how we will be reassured in his presence.

New American Standard 1977
We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And in this we know that we are of the truth and have our hearts certified before him.

King James 2000 Bible
And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

American King James Version
And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

American Standard Version
Hereby shall we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before him:

Douay-Rheims Bible
In this we know that we are of the truth: and in his sight shall persuade our hearts.

Darby Bible Translation
And hereby we shall know that we are of the truth, and shall persuade our hearts before him --

English Revised Version
Hereby shall we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before him,

Webster's Bible Translation
And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

Weymouth New Testament
And in this way we shall come to know that we are loyal to the truth, and shall satisfy our consciences in His presence

World English Bible
And by this we know that we are of the truth, and persuade our hearts before him,

Young's Literal Translation
and in this we know that of the truth we are, and before Him we shall assure our hearts,
Study Bible
Love One Another
18Little children, let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth. 19And by this we will know that we belong to the truth, and will assure our hearts in His presence: 20If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and He knows all things.…
Cross References
1 John 2:21
I have not written you because you lack knowledge of the truth, but because you have it, and because no lie comes from the truth.

1 John 3:20
If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and He knows all things.
Treasury of Scripture

And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

hereby. See on ver.

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

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

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

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to him, Are you a king then? Jesus answered, …

shall.

1 John 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness …

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

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having …

assure. Gr. persuade.

Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able …

Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor …

2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am …

Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having …

Verse 19. - In this; or, hereby ἐν τούτῳ, here clearly refers to what precedes; and the thought is similar to that in verse 14. By sincere and active love we shall come to know γνωσόμεθα that we are children of the truth. "The truth" here is almost equivalent to "God;" and we seem to have here an echo of Christ's words to Pilate, "Everyone that is of the truth heareth my voice" (comp. 1 John 2:21; John 3:31; John 8:23, 47, etc.). The construction in what follows contains several doubtful points:

(1) whether πείσομεν is coordinate with γνωσόμεθα or ἐσμέν;

(2) if the former, whether ἐν τούτῳ goes on to πείσομεν, or is confined to γνωσόμεθα;

(3) whether we should read ὅ τι ἐάν or ὅτι ἐὰν.

In all three cases the first alternative is perhaps preferable: And hereby we shall persuade our heart before him (that we are of the truth, and therefore have nothing to fear), whereinsoever our heart condemn us. But on the third point see Dr. Field's note in 'Otium Norvicense,' pars 3. Before him is very emphatic; it is in God's sight that the children of the truth are able to quiet their hearts, not merely in their own eyes. (For πείθω used absolutely, comp. Matthew 28:14; Acts 12:20; 2 Corinthians 5:11.) And hereby we know that we are of the truth,.... By the saints loving one another in deed and in truth, they know, as the cause is known by the effect, that they are of God, who is the true God, the God of truth, and cannot lie, and is truth itself; that they are the children of God, and are born of him, since they love those that are, and every like loves its like; and that they are of Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life; that they belong to him, are his, since they have his Spirit, as appears by his fruits in them, and this, among the rest, love to the brethren; and that they are his disciples, which others, even all men know, as well as themselves, by their mutual brotherly love; and that they are of the Gospel, which is truth, and the word of truth; that they are begotten, and born again, according to the will and grace of God by it, and are on the side of it, and can do nothing against, but all for it; and that they are true, sincere, and upright persons, true believers in Christ, whose faith works by love, and are real lovers of him, and his, since they love not in word only, but in deed and in truth.

And shall assure our hearts before him; or "persuade our hearts": arrive to a full assurance of faith, hope, and understanding, that we are of the truth, do belong to God, are loved by him with an everlasting love, are chosen by him unto salvation, and are his adopted and regenerated ones, having passed from death to life, of which brotherly love is a sure evidence, 1 John 3:14. Some render the words "shall pacify", or "make our hearts tranquil": or "quiet"; this only the blood of Christ can do, and does, being sprinkled on the conscience: he only has a quiet mind, or true peace of conscience, that looks to the righteousness of Christ for justification, and deals with his blood for the full and free remission of his sins: it is true indeed, that one that loves his brother heartily and sincerely, has peace of mind in it, though not for it; when, on the other hand, there is no peace to the wicked man, that hates his brother; for where there is envying, malice, hatred, and strife, there is no true peace, pleasure, and comfort, but confusion, uneasiness, distraction, and every evil work. Or this passage may refer to that holy confidence before God, which true believers in Christ, and cordial lovers of the brethren, have; both now at the throne of grace, where they can come with boldness, intrepidity, and freedom, to ask for what they want, and confidently believe they shall receive what is proper and needful for them; and also hereafter, at the throne of judgment, and in the day of judgment, when they shall have boldness, and not be ashamed before the Judge at his coming; who will particularly take notice of their love in feeding, clothing, and visiting the least of his brethren, which he takes as done to himself. 19. hereby—Greek, "herein"; in our loving in deed and in truth (1Jo 3:18).

we know—The oldest manuscripts have "we shall know," namely, if we fulfil the command (1Jo 3:18).

of the truth—that we are real disciples of, and belonging to, the truth, as it is in Jesus: begotten of God with the word of truth. Having herein the truth radically, we shall be sure not to love merely in word and tongue. (1Jo 3:18).

assure—literally, "persuade," namely, so as to cease to condemn us; satisfy the questionings and doubts of our consciences as to whether we be accepted before God or not (compare Mt 28:14; Ac 12:20, "having made Blastus their friend," literally, "persuaded"). The "heart," as the seat of the feelings, is our inward judge; the conscience, as the witness, acts either as our justifying advocate, or our condemning accuser, before God even now. Joh 8:9, has "conscience," but the passage is omitted in most old manuscripts. John nowhere else uses the term "conscience." Peter and Paul alone use it.

before him—as in the sight of Him, the omniscient Searcher of hearts. Assurance is designed to be the ordinary experience and privilege of the believer.3:16-21 Here is the condescension, the miracle, the mystery of Divine love, that God would redeem the church with his own blood. Surely we should love those whom God has loved, and so loved. The Holy Spirit, grieved at selfishness, will leave the selfish heart without comfort, and full of darkness and terror. By what can it be known that a man has a true sense of the love of Christ for perishing sinners, or that the love of God has been planted in his heart by the Holy Spirit, if the love of the world and its good overcomes the feelings of compassion to a perishing brother? Every instance of this selfishness must weaken the evidences of a man's conversion; when habitual and allowed, it must decide against him. If conscience condemn us in known sin, or the neglect of known duty, God does so too. Let conscience therefore be well-informed, be heard, and diligently attended to.
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