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1 John 2:5 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
5 but whoever keeps his word, truly in this one the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him:

But whoso keeps his word. That is, what he has spoken or commanded. The term word here will include all that he has made known to us as his will in regard to our conduct.

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Truly in this one the love of God has been perfected. He professes to have the love of God in his heart, and that love receives its completion or filling up by obedience to the will of God. That obedience is the proper carrying out, or the exponent of the love which exists in the heart. Love to the Savior would be defective without that, for it is never complete without obedience. If this is the true interpretation, then the passage does not make any affirmation about sinless perfection, but it only affirms that if true love exists in the heart, it will be carried out in the life; or that love and obedience are parts of the same thing; that one will be manifested by the other; and that where obedience exists, it is the completion or perfecting of love. Besides, the apostle does not say that either the love or the obedience would be in themselves absolutely perfect, but he says that one cannot fully develop itself without the other.

By this we know that we are in him. That is, by having, in fact, such love as shall ensure obedience. To be in him, is to be united to him; to be his friends. Comp.

Note: The Son, the Father, nor the Holy Spirit dwell in Christians, it is the Word of God that dwells in us and they become biblically minded, with the mind of Christ, being one with the Father as the Son is one with the Father.

By Albert Barnes

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