1 John 2 (New American Standard)

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Christ Is Our Advocate

1 1My little children, I am 2writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, 3we have an a4Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is 5the bpropitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also 6for those of the whole world. 3 7By this we know that we have come to 8know Him, if we 9keep His commandments. 4 The one who says, "10I have come to 11know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a 12liar, and 13the truth is not in him; 5 but whoever 14keeps His word, in him the 15love of God has truly been perfected. 16By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he 17abides in Him 18ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 7 19Beloved, I am 20not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had 21from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. 8 cOn the other hand, I am writing 22a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because 23the darkness is passing away and 24the true Light is already shining. 9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet 25hates his 26brother is in the darkness until now. 10 27The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But the one who 28hates his brother is in the darkness and 29walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has 30blinded his eyes. 12 I am writing to you, 31little children, because 32your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him 33who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because 34you have overcome 35the evil one. I have written to you, children, because 36you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him 37who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are 38strong, and the 39word of God abides in you, and 40you have overcome the evil one.

Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love 41the world nor the things in the world. 42If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, 43the lust of the flesh and 44the lust of the eyes and 45the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 46The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who 47does the will of God lives forever. 18 Children, 48it is the last hour; and just as you heard that 49antichrist is coming, 50even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 51They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, 52so that dit would be shown that they all are not of us. 20 eBut you have an 53anointing from 54the Holy One, and 55you all know. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but 56because you do know it, and fbecause no lie is 57of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but 58the one who denies that Jesus is the gChrist? This is 59the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 60Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard 61from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also 62will abide in the Son and in the Father.

The Promise Is Eternal Life

25 63This is the promise which He Himself hmade to us: eternal life. 26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to 64deceive you. 27 As for you, the 65anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing 66teaches you about all things, and is 67true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, iyou abide in Him. 28 Now, 68little children, abide in Him, so that when He 69appears, we may have 70confidence and 71not jshrink away from Him in shame kat His 72coming. 29 If you know that 73He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness 74is lborn of Him.
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