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1John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever does not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loves not his brother

‘In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil’ two classes of people (Matt. 13:38) are given: The children of God and the children of the devil.

‘The children of God are manifest’ children of God are those who keep His commandments (1Jn. 2:3) and hereby can we know that we know Him: By personal fellowship (1:3-7; 2:13); in fullness of joy in the heart (1:4); in keeping His commandments (2:3; 3:22); when walking even as He walked (2:6; 1Pet. 2:21-23); in love of the brethren (2:9-11; 3:10-19, 23; 4:7-21; 5:1); overcoming the world and satan (2:13-14; 5:4, 18); in the hatred of the world (2:15-17); being one with Christians (2:19); in Holy Spirit anointing (2:20-27); knowing the truth that sets free (2:21; John 8:32-36); acknowledging God and Christ (2:22-25); doing righteousness (2:29; 3:7-10; 5:1-4, 18); by purifying ourselves (3:3); being born again (2:29; 3:9; 5:1-18); cleansing from sin (1:7-9; 3:5-10); in freedom from condemnation (3:20-24); the indwelling Spirit (3:24; 4:4, 13); in faith (2:23; 5:1, 10); by confessing Christ (4:14-15); and receiving Him (5:10-13; John 1:12); through answered prayer (3:21-22; 5:14-15).

‘Whosoever does not righteousness is not of God’ plenty of evidence is given for those who are children of satan: walking in darkness (1Jn. 1:5-6; 2:11); saying that one has no sin (1Jn. 1:8, 10); failing to please God and keep His commandments (1Jn. 2:3-4; 3:22-24; 5:14-15); failing to walk as Christ did (1Jn. 2:6; 1Pet. 2:21-23); hating anyone (1Jn. 2:9; 3:10-19; 4:20); failing to overcome satan (1Jn. 2:13-14); loving the world and the things in it (1Jn. 2:15-17; 3:1, 13; 4:5); ignoring the Truth (1Jn. 2:20-27); denying God and Jesus (1Jn. 2:22-23); doing unrighteousness and committing sin (1Jn. 2:29; 3:8-10; 5:18); making no effort to purify self (1Jn. 3:3); lacking faith (1Jn. 3:20-22; 5:14-15); being destitute of the indwelling Holy Spirit (1Jn. 3:24; 4:4, 13); being of the world and having fellowship with it (1Jn. 4:5); having no personal acquaintance with God or knowledge of eternal life (1Jn. 4:7-10; 5:10-13, 20-21); making no confession of Jesus (1Jn. 4:14-18); being overcome by the world (1Jn. 5:4-5).

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