Does he who has been born of God? 1 John 5:18
«We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.» (1 Jn 5:18, King James Version). One of the phrases in this verse has two readings, which are well attested to in Greek manuscripts: «keeps himself» and «keeps him». In order to determine the closest meaning to the original text, the author of this article has performed a short textual (external evidence), lexical, syntactic and theological (internal evidence) analysis. The theological analysis seeks to find the meaning of the phrase «born of God» in the context of the Epistle of John. Does the word «born» refer to a Christian or to Christ? Does Christ, who is born of God, keep the one who is born of God or does the one born of God keep himself? Based on his research, the author comes to a conclusion that the reading «Christ keeps the Christian» is a better match to the content and context of 1 John.
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