I am writing to you, little children, because 1your sins are forgiven for his name's sake.
I am writing to you, fathers, because you know 2him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because 3you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because 4you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers, because you know 5him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because 6you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
157Do not love the world or the things in the world. 8If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world--9the desires of the flesh and 10the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world.
And 11the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
Children, 12it is the last hour, and as you have heard that 13antichrist is coming, so now 14many antichrists have come. 15Therefore we know that it is the last hour.
1916They went out from us, but they were not of us; for 17if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, 18that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
But you have been 19anointed by 20the Holy One, and 21you all have knowledge.a21
I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
Who is the liar but 22he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is 23the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.