3 Jan 2008
If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who does right has been born of him. See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are Godâ€™s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.
Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him.
The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, â€˜Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, â€œAfter me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.â€ I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.â€™ And John testified, â€˜I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, â€œHe on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.â€ And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.â€™
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.