|1 John 3:1-3 |
1 This chapter is wonderful for defining the true hope that saves, of how sin is removed by the Lord, and how a son of God cannot sin. Unfortunately the Greek of several of this chapter's verbs is in the Aorist tense, which can be properly interpreted as past, present, or future tense in meaning. The translators of the Bibles, having been schooled in the doctrines that one is saved and a son of God just by believing in Jesus, chose the tenses of the verbs that supported their erroneous doctrine, which even qualifies the demons as sons of God since demons too believe in Jesus and tremble. Their choice of tenses only supports the hope of the hypocrites.
John himself defined what it takes to be born again as a son of God in 1 John 5: he keeps all the commands of God; he has overcome the world; he has seen in his heart the three witnesses of water, spirit, and blood; he does not sin; he has eternal life, Christ in full measure within; and he is in union with God. Paul tells us that we must continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling so that we can become sons of God. Phil 2:12-15. So the tenses in this wonderful chapter have to be translated to be in agreement with the rest of the scriptures because:
Clearly in this chapter John is addressing those who are not yet pure, who have not yet seen Jesus, and who yet are not like Him; but they can become pure if they have the hope of seeing Him and being like Him. John plainly states this in verses 2 and 3 without any tense changes necessary:
The tenses of a few verbs in this chapter's verses can be translated correctly as present, past or future. When tenses are chosen to conform with verses 2 and 3 above, (shown in italics for verses 1,2,5 and 8), and to conform to rest of the Bible's many verses, the power, the hope, and the beauty of this chapter increase dramatically, making it a wonderful inspiration to the hope of the true seeker of God.
1 Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we could be called the sons of God; and we will be. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know him.1 [Though we are not yet born again sons of God, because we are disciples that deny ourselves to wait on God at every opportunity, and because we are strangers to the excesses of the world's conversation and conduct; to those in the world our inward cross is the aroma of death.]
2 Beloved, now we are to be sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we will be, but we know that when He is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. [A Son of God is like Jesus, who is holy, harmless, pure, separate from sinners, and with no sin in Him; and when we see Him, we will be like Him. Jesus appears in the hearts of purified believers. Jesus is seen. Jesus is revealed. He who has been hidden is revealed, Christ in you, the hope of glory. From the Word of the Lord within: "You are a son when Jesus appears in your heart to guide you." Then you are like Him: holy, harmless, pure, without any sin.]
3 And every man who has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He [Jesus] is pure.2 [What hope?—The hope of being like Him and of seeing Jesus appear in your heart is the hope that saves and purifies you; for we are saved by hope. Rom 24. You must have this hope for the power of God to be released to purify you. For of this you can be sure, that no sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Eph 5:5. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God, Mat 5:8. — Christ in you, the hope of glory.]
2 And every man who has this hope in him (of seeing Jesus and being like Him) purifies himself, even as He [Jesus] is pure. This is the hope of the true gospel and is what releases the power of God to purify you. The soul is purified by obedience to the truth. The heart is purified by faith. When your heart is purified, you see God: Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Mat 5:8. Your purifying hope is to be freed from sin, to see Christ revealed within you, and you to be translated into the Kingdom of Christ, to be in union with God, to be in their presence continually, serving them in holiness. The Mystery of the Ages, Christ in you, the hope of glory. Col 1:27. For we are saved by hope, Rom 8:24.
That by two immutable things (the promise followed by the oath), in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us. We have this hope as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, which enters into the Presence within the veil. Heb 6:18-19.
There are two stages of perfection; see Footnote 6 to Galatians 5:24 for details.