1 John 1:8

If we say (ean eipwmen). See verse 1 John 6 . We have no sin (amartian ouk ecomen). For this phrase see John 9:41 ; John 15:22 John 15:24 . That is, we have no personal guilt, no principle of sin. This some of the Gnostics held, since matter was evil and the soul was not contaminated by the sinful flesh, a thin delusion with which so-called Christian scientists delude themselves today. We deceive ourselves (eautou planwmen). Present active indicative of planaw, to lead astray. We do not deceive others who know us. Negative statement again of the same idea, "the truth is not in us."