My dear children,1 I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense2--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,3 and not only for ours but also fora the sins of the whole world.43
We know5 that we have come to know him6 if we obey his commands.74
The man who says, "I know him,"8 but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.95
But if anyone obeys his word,10 God's loveb is truly made complete in him.11 This is how we know12 we are in him:
Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.137
Dear friends,14 I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning.15 This old command is the message you have heard.
Yet I am writing you a new command;16 its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing17 and the true light18 is already shining.199
Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother20 is still in the darkness.2110
Whoever loves his brother lives in the light,22 and there is nothing in himc to make him stumble.2311
But whoever hates his brother24 is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness;25 he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.2612
I write to you, dear children,27 because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.2813
I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.29 I write to you, young men, because you have overcome30 the evil one.31 I write to you, dear children,32 because you have known the Father.
I write to you, fathers, because you have known him who is from the beginning.33 I write to you, young men, because you are strong,34 and the word of God35 lives in you,36 and you have overcome the evil one.37
Do not love the world or anything in the world.38 If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.3916
For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man,40 the lust of his eyes41 and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.
The world and its desires pass away,42 but the man who does the will of God43 lives forever.
Dear children, this is the last hour;44 and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming,45 even now many antichrists have come.46 This is how we know it is the last hour.
They went out from us,47 but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.4820
But you have an anointing49 from the Holy One,50 and all of you know the truth.d5121
I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it52 and because no lie comes from the truth.
Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist--he denies the Father and the Son.5323
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.5424
See that what you have heard from the beginning55 remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.5625
And this is what he promised us--even eternal life.5726
I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.5827
As for you, the anointing59 you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things60 and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him.61
And now, dear children,62 continue in him, so that when he appears63 we may be confident64 and unashamed before him at his coming.6529
If you know that he is righteous,66 you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.67