1 John 2

Chapter 2

2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:


Advocacy is that work of Jesus Christ for sinning saints which He carries on with the Father whereby, because of the eternal efficacy of His own sacrifice, He restores them to fellowship. CF Psalms 23:3 . (See Scofield "John 13:10") .

sin Sin. (See Scofield "Romans 3:23") .

2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

propitiation (Greek - iJlasmov , that which propitiates). (See Scofield "Romans 3:25") .

the sins Omit words "the sins.".

world kosmos = mankind. (See Scofield "Matthew 4:8") .

2:3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.


John uses "commandments"

(1) in the general sense of the divine will, however revealed, "his word" ( 2:5 ); and

(2) especially of the law of Christ Galatians 6:2 ; 2 John 1:5 . See, also, John 15:10-12 .

2:5  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.


(See Scofield "Matthew 5:48") .

2:12  I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.


Sin. (See Scofield "Romans 3:23") .

2:13  I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.

little children

The little ones of the family; (See Scofield "1 John 2:28") .

2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.


kosmos = world-system. 1 John 3:13 ; John 7:7 . (See Scofield "Revelation 13:8") .

2:19  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

went out from us

"Went out from us," that is, doctrinally. Doubtless then, as now, the deniers of the Son 1 John 2:22 1 John 2:23 still called themselves Christians. Cf 2 Timothy 1:15 .

2:28  And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

little children

The general term for all children.