1 John 2:1-14 NIV

1 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.

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      2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins,3 and not only for ours but also fora the sins of the whole world.4

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        • a 2:2 - Or "He is the one who turns aside God's wrath, taking away our sins, and not only ours but also"
          3 We know5 that we have come to know him6 if we obey his commands.7

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              4 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.9

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              5 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:

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                • b 2:5 - Or "word, love for God"
                  6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.13

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                  7 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.

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                  8 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.19

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                  9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother20 is still in the darkness.21

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                  10 Whoever loves his brother lives in the light,22 and there is nothing in himc to make him stumble.23

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                      11 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.26

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                          12 I write to you, dear children,27 because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.28

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                              13 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.

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                                  14 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

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