1 John 2:5
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New International Version
But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:

King James Bible
But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

Darby Bible Translation
but whoever keeps his word, in him verily the love of God is perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him.

World English Bible
But whoever keeps his word, God's love has most certainly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him:

Young's Literal Translation
and whoever may keep his word, truly in him the love of God hath been perfected; in this we know that in him we are.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

But whoso keepeth his word - Conscientiously observes his doctrine, the spirit and letter of the religion of Christ.

Is the love of God perfected - The design of God's love in sending Jesus Christ into the world to die for the sin of man τετελειωται, is accomplished, in that man who receives the doctrine, and applies for the salvation provided for him. This seems to be the meaning of the apostle.

That we are in him - That we have entered into his spirit and views, received his salvation, have been enabled to walk in the light, and have communion with him by the Holy Spirit.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

whoso.

1 John 2:3,4 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments...

Psalm 105:45 That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise you the LORD.

Psalm 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness at all times.

Psalm 119:2,4,146 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart...

Proverbs 8:32 Now therefore listen to me, O you children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

Proverbs 28:7 Whoever keeps the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shames his father.

Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoever keeps the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment.

Ezekiel 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Luke 11:28 But he said, Yes rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

John 14:21,23 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father...

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God...

Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

in him.

1 John 4:12,18 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us...

James 2:22 See you how faith worked with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

hereby.

1 John 2:27,28 But the anointing which you have received of him stays in you, and you need not that any man teach you...

1 John 3:24 And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he stays in us...

1 John 4:13,15,16 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit...

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true...

John 6:56 He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches: He that stays in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit...

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

2 Corinthians 5:17,21 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new...

Colossians 2:9,10 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily...

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Youthful Strength
'I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.'--1 John ii. 14. 'What am I going to be?' is the question that presses upon young people stepping out of the irresponsibilities of childhood into youth. But, unfortunately, the question is generally supposed to be answered when they have fixed upon a trade or profession. It means, rightly taken, a great deal more than that. 'What am I going to make of myself?' 'What
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture Ephesians, Peter,John

Thirtieth Day. The Unction from the Holy One.
And ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all things. And as for you, the anointing which ye received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any one teach you; but as His anointing teacheth you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, ye abide in Him.'--1 John ii. 20, 27. In the revelation by Moses of God's Holiness and His way of making holy, the priests, and specially the high priests, were the chief expression of God's Holiness in man.
Andrew Murray—Holy in Christ

That to Him who Loveth God is Sweet Above all Things and in all Things
Behold, God is mine, and all things are mine! What will I more, and what more happy thing can I desire? O delightsome and sweet world! that is, to him that loveth the Word, not the world, neither the things that are in the world.(1) My God, my all! To him that understandeth, that word sufficeth, and to repeat it often is pleasing to him that loveth it. When Thou art present all things are pleasant; when Thou art absent, all things are wearisome. Thou makest the heart to be at rest, givest it
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

But Since no Man is Worthy to Come Forward in his Own Name...
But since no man is worthy to come forward in his own name, and appear in the presence of God, our heavenly Father, to relieve us at once from fear and shame, with which all must feel oppressed, [8] has given us his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, to be our Advocate and Mediator, that under his guidance we may approach securely, confiding that with him for our Intercessor nothing which we ask in his name will be denied to us, as there is nothing which the Father can deny to him (1 Tim. 2:5; 1 John 2:1;
John Calvin—Of Prayer--A Perpetual Exercise of Faith

Cross References
John 14:23
Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

1 John 2:3
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

1 John 3:24
The one who keeps God's commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

1 John 4:13
This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.

1 John 4:17
This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.

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

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