Lee Sommiz Paraphrase of 1 John 5:13-21
13 I have written this letter so that you who have believed God’s testimony about His Son may have confident possession of His eternal life. 14 Another thing we can have confidence about before Him is when we ask God for something that we know is in keeping with His character and desires, He will hear our requests. 15 Knowing that He hears these kinds of requests means that He will also grant them to us. 16 Be alert and cry out to God on behalf of others who you see are beset by sin. God desires to restore them. I am not suggesting that you do so if you sense that they will never repent. 17 All sin is deadly unless one repents. 18 Everyone born of God rises above sin because the One born of God keeps them from the harm caused by evil. 19 We know that we are born of God but all who are not remain slaves to the evil one. 20 We also know that God’s Son came and has imparted to us a new way of understanding that enables deep confidence in knowing God, the True God in a personal and experiential way. We are incorporated into Him who is the truth, His Son Jesus the Anointed One. This is the real God and His eternal life. 21 Beloved children, always be on the alert and guard against every rival to your affection for God.
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