1 John 2:1-14 (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.
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