King James 2000
Born of God through Faith in Jesus
1Whosoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and everyone that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him.
2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not burdensome.
4For whoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.
5Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7For there are three that bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.
8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
9If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he has testified of his Son.
10He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God has made him a liar; because he believes not the witness that God gave of his Son.
11And this is the witness, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life.
Purpose of John's Writing
13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God.
14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us:
15And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we desired of him.
The Sin Unto Death
16If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
17All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
Born of God Means Eternal Life
18We know that whosoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touches him not.
19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
20And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
21Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.