1 John 3:5
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New International Version
But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.

New Living Translation
And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him.

English Standard Version
You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

New American Standard Bible
You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

King James Bible
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You know that He was revealed so that He might take away sins, and there is no sin in Him.

International Standard Version
You know that the Messiah was revealed to take away sins, and there is not any sin in him.

NET Bible
And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you know that he was revealed to take away our sins and there is no sin in him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know that Christ appeared in order to take away our sins. He isn't sinful.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And ye know that he appeared to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him.

King James 2000 Bible
And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

American King James Version
And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

American Standard Version
And ye know that he was manifested to take away sins; and in him is no sin.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you know that he appeared to take away our sins, and in him there is no sin.

Darby Bible Translation
And ye know that *he* has been manifested that he might take away our sins; and in him sin is not.

English Revised Version
And ye know that he was manifested to take away sins; and in him is no sin.

Webster's Bible Translation
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Weymouth New Testament
And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

World English Bible
You know that he was revealed to take away our sins, and in him is no sin.

Young's Literal Translation
and ye have known that he was manifested that our sins he may take away, and sin is not in him;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Two additional reasons for the absolute separation of the children of God from sin.

(1) They know well that the Son of God was manifested in the flesh to put away the sins (of the world, John 1:29); not mere "sins," one here and one there, but "the sins" τὰς ἁμαρτίας, whatever sins exist. Ημῶν, though strongly supported, is probably not genuine. Αἴρεν in itself means not "to take on himself, or bear," but "to take away;" it expresses the removal rather than the manner of removal. But it may represent the Hebrew nasa, which combines the two meanings (Leviticus 10:17; Leviticus 24:15; Isaiah 53:12).

(2) The Son of God was absolutely separated from sin.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And ye know that he was manifested,.... This is a truth of the Gospel the saints were well instructed in and acquainted with; that Jesus Christ, the Word and Son of God, who is here meant, who was with the Father, and lay in his bosom from all eternity, was in the fulness of time made manifest in the flesh, or human nature, by assuming it into union with his divine person; in which he came and dwelt among men, and became visible to them: the end of which manifestation was,

to take away our sins; as the antitype of the scape goat, making reconciliation and satisfaction for them, through the sacrifice of himself; which was doing what the blood of bulls and goats, or any legal sacrifices or moral performances, could never do: and this he did by taking the sins of his people upon himself, by carrying them up to the cross, and there bearing them, with all the punishment due unto them, in his body; by removing them quite away, and utterly destroying them, finishing and making an end of them: and by causing them to pass away from them, from off their consciences, through the application of his blood by his Spirit:

and in him is no sin; neither original, nor actual; no sin inherent; there was sin imputed to him, but none in him, nor done by him; and hence he became a fit person to be a sacrifice for the sins of others, and by his unblemished sacrifice to take the away; and answered the typical sacrifices under the law, which were to be without spot and blemish: and this shows that he did not offer himself for any sins of his own, for there were none in him, but for the sins of others; and which consideration, therefore, is a strong dissuasive from sinning, and as such is mentioned by the apostle; for, since sin is of such a nature that nothing could atone for it but the blood and sacrifice of Christ, an innocent, as well as a divine person, it should be abhorred by us; and since Christ has taken it away by the sacrifice of himself, it should not be continued and encouraged by us; and since in him is no sin, we ought to imitate him in purity of life and conversation; the end of Christ's bearing our sins was, that we might live unto righteousness, and to purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works; and his love herein should constrain us to obedience to him: so the Jews (l) speak of a man after the image of God, and who is the mystery, of the name Jehovah; and in that man, they say, there is no sin, neither shall death rule over him; and this is that which is said, Psalm 5:4; neither shall evil dwell with thee.

(l) Sepher Tikkunim, fol. 112. 1. apud Rittangel, de ver. Rel. Christ, p. 68.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. Additional proof of the incompatibility of sin and sonship; the very object of Christ's manifestation in the flesh was to take away (by one act, and entirely, aorist) all sins, as the scapegoat did typically.

and—another proof of the same.

in him is no sin—not "was," but "is," as in 1Jo 3:7, "He is righteous," and 1Jo 3:3, "He is pure." Therefore we are to be so.

1 John 3:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Children of God
4Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 6No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.…
Cross References
John 1:29
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

1 Timothy 3:16
Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

Hebrews 9:26
Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

1 Peter 1:18
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,

1 John 1:2
The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

1 John 2:2
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:29
If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

1 John 3:8
The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
Treasury of Scripture

And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

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1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, …

1 John 4:9-14 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

John 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, …

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was …

1 Peter 1:20 Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but …

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1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship …

Isaiah 53:4-12 Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did …

Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say to him, Take away …

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: …

John 1:29 The next day John sees Jesus coming to him, and said, Behold the …

Romans 3:24-26 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is …

Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, …

1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his …

Hebrews 9:26,28 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world…

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

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1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. …

Luke 23:41,47 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: …

John 8:46 Which of you convinces me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do …

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world …

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might …

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling …

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

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…

1 Peter 2:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

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