1 John 5:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 John 5:1, NIV: "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well."

1 John 5:1, ESV: "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him."

1 John 5:1, KJV: "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him."

1 John 5:1, NASB: "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves the child born of Him."

1 John 5:1, NLT: "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too."

1 John 5:1, CSB: "Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of him."

What does 1 John 5:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Chapter 5 emphasizes the believer's ability to "overcome" the world through the power of Christ. This opening verse notes that being "born of God" is the result of faith in Christ. In John's gospel, he speaks of being "born of God" (John 1:13). John chapter 3 offers the Bible's most detailed account of this idea. There, Nicodemus is told a person must be born again to enter the kingdom of God. The one and only way to be born again is to believe Jesus is the Messiah (John 14:6).

The second part of this verse again reminds readers that love for God is inseparable from love for other people. True believers must also love other believers. In contrast with false teachers, who may exhibit hate or rejection of other believers, true Christians are to view other believers as brothers and sisters—fellow members of the family of God. Those who claim to love God, but exhibit hate, were labelled as liars earlier in this letter (1 John 4:20).