1 John 3:3
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New International Version
All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

New Living Translation
And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

English Standard Version
And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Berean Study Bible
And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Berean Literal Bible
And everyone having this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

New American Standard Bible
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

King James Bible
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.

International Standard Version
And everyone who has this hope based on him keeps himself pure, just as the Messiah is pure.

NET Bible
And everyone who has this hope focused on him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure).

New Heart English Bible
Everyone who has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And everyone who has this hope upon him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So all people who have this confidence in Christ keep themselves pure, as Christ is pure.

New American Standard 1977
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And every one that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

King James 2000 Bible
And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

American King James Version
And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

American Standard Version
And every one that hath this hope'set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And every one that hath this hope in him, sanctifieth himself, as he also is holy.

Darby Bible Translation
And every one that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

English Revised Version
And every one that hath this hope set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Webster's Bible Translation
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Weymouth New Testament
And every man who has this hope fixed on Him, purifies himself so as to be as pure as He is.

World English Bible
Everyone who has this hope set on him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

Young's Literal Translation
and every one who is having this hope on him, doth purify himself, even as he is pure.
Study Bible
Children of God
2Beloved, we are now children of God, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when Christ appears, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is. 3And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 4Everyone who practices sin practices lawlessness as well. Indeed, sin is lawlessness.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 22:27
With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the perverted You show Yourself astute.

John 17:19
For them I sanctify Myself, so that they too may be sanctified by the truth.

Romans 15:12
And once more, Isaiah says: "The root of Jesse will appear, One who will arise to rule over the Gentiles; in Him the Gentiles will put their hope."

2 Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, beloved, since we have these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that defiles body and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

James 4:8
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

1 Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1 Peter 1:15
But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do,
Treasury of Scripture

And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

every.

Romans 5:4,5 And patience, experience; and experience, hope…

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard …

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according …

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

purifieth.

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that …

2 Peter 3:14 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that …

even.

1 John 2:6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the …

Matthew 5:48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Luke 6:36 Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Hebrews 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, …

Verse 3. - Such being our hope, based upon God's promises ἐπ αὐτῷ, of becoming like him, we must keep this prospect ever in view, and live up to it. Commentators differ as to whether αὐτῷ refers to the Father or Christ, and so also with regard to ἐκεῖνος. The best way is to take αὐτῷ as God, and ἐκεῖνος as Christ: this agrees with αὐτόν in verse 2, with ἐκεῖνος in verse 5, and with the common use of the two pronouns. It is doubtless possible, especially in St. John, to take ἀκεῖνος as merely recalling the person already indicated by αὐτός or otherwise, and make both pronouns here refer to God. At first sight this seems to make a better sequence between verses 2 and 3: hereafter we shall be like God; therefore here we must strive to become pure as he is. Moreover, it is of the Father that it is written, "Be ye holy; for I am holy" (Leviticus 11:44; 1 Peter 1:15, 16); and again, "Ye shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). But the other is simpler grammatically, and preserves the logical sequence equally well. Hereafter we shall be like God. Every one who has such a hope as this will aim at becoming like God here; even as Jesus Christ has set us an example, a perfect realization of human conformity to God. And every man that hath this hope in him,.... Or on him, Jesus Christ; for a true hope of that eternal happiness, which lies in likeness to Christ, and in the vision of him, is only founded on his person, blood, righteousness, and sacrifice: and this hope every man has not, only he who is born again; for this grace is implanted in regeneration, when men are of abundant mercy begotten unto it, and have it bestowed upon them as a free grace gift; and which is of great service to them both in life and in death; and among the rest it has this influence and effect upon them, that every such person that has it,

purifieth himself even as he is pure; not that any man can purify or cleanse himself from sin, this is only owing to the grace of God and blood of Christ; nor that any man can be so pure and holy as Christ is, who is free from all sin, both original and actual; but this must be understood either of a man that has faith and hope in Christ, dealing by these with the blood of Christ for purity and cleansing, with whom and which these graces are conversant for such purposes; or of such a person's imitating of Christ in the holiness of his life and conversation, making him his pattern and example, studying to walk as he walked; to which he is the more excited and stimulated by the hope he has of being a Son of God, a dear child of his, and therefore ought to be a follower of him, and walk as Christ walked, in humility; love, patience, and in other acts of holiness; and by the hope he has of being like unto him, and with him in the other world to all eternity: but then this "as" is only expressive of some degree of likeness and similitude, and not perfect equality, which is not to be expected in this, or in the world to come; believers indeed, who have faith and hope in the justifying righteousness of Christ, may, and should consider themselves pure and righteous, and free from sin, as Christ is; being clothed upon with his robe of righteousness, in which they stand without fault before the throne, without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but this does not seem to be the sense of the place here, the argument being to engage the saints to purity and holiness of life and conversation, from the consideration of the great love of God bestowed upon them in their adoption, and from their hope of eternal happiness, as the context shows; see 2 Corinthians 7:1; other arguments follow. 3. this hope—of being hereafter "like Him." Faith and love, as well as hope, occur in 1Jo 3:11, 23.

in—rather, "(resting) upon Him"; grounded on His promises.

purifieth himself—by Christ's Spirit in him (Joh 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.3:3-10 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 weaknesses that were consequences of the fall, he took; that is, all those infirmities of mind or body which subject man to suffering, and expose him to temptation. But our moral infirmities, our proneness to sin, he had not. He that abides in Christ, continues not in the practice of sin. Renouncing sin is the great proof of spiritual union with, continuance in, and saving knowledge of the Lord Christ. Beware of self-deceit. He that doeth righteousness is righteous, and to be a follower of Christ, shows an interest by faith in his obedience and sufferings. But a man cannot act like the devil, and at the same time be a disciple of Christ Jesus. Let us not serve or indulge what the Son of God came to destroy. To be born of God is to be inwardly renewed by the power of the Spirit of God. Renewing grace is an abiding principle. Religion is not an art, a matter of dexterity and skill, but a new nature. And the regenerate person cannot sin as he did before he was born of God, and as others do who are not born again. There is that light in his mind, which shows him the evil and malignity of sin. There is that bias upon his heart, which disposes him to loathe and hate sin. There is the spiritual principle that opposes sinful acts. And there is repentance for sin, if committed. It goes against him to sin with forethought. The children of God and the children of the devil have their distinct characters. The seed of the serpent are known by neglect of religion, and by their hating real Christians. He only is righteous before God, as a justified believer, who is taught and disposed to righteousness by the Holy Spirit. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil. May all professors of the gospel lay these truths to heart, and try themselves by them.
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