I write to you, parents, because you know the One who existed from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you have defeated the Evil One.
I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, parents, because you know the One who existed from the beginning. I write to you, young people, because you are strong; the teaching of God lives in you, and you have defeated the Evil One.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you.
These are the ways of the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. None of these come from the Father, but all of them come from the world.
The world and everything that people want in it are passing away, but the person who does what God wants lives forever.
My dear children, these are the last days. You have heard that the enemy of Christ is coming, and now many enemies of Christ are already here. This is how we know that these are the last days.
These enemies of Christ were in our fellowship, but they left us. They never really belonged to us; if they had been a part of us, they would have stayed with us. But they left, and this shows that none of them really belonged to us.
You have the giftn that the Holy One gave you, so you all know the truth.
I do not write to you because you do not know the truth but because you do know the truth. And you know that no lie comes from the truth.
Who is the liar? It is the person who does not accept Jesus as the Christ. This is the enemy of Christ: the person who does not accept the Father and his Son.
Whoever does not accept the Son does not have the Father. But whoever confesses the Son has the Father, too.