· First Epistle of John ·

 
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CHAPTER 1
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The Word of life

1What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we saw and what our hands touched, concerning the word of life. 2The Life was revealed and we have seen, we testify and we proclaim to you the life, the eternal life which was with the Father and which was revealed to us. 3What we have seen and heard, this is what we proclaim to you, so that you also may have communion with us. Truly, our communion is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4We write these things to you so that our joy may be fulfilled.

God is light

5This is the message which we have heard from him and which we now announce to you: that God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have communion with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie – we do not tell the truth.

The blood of Christ cleanses us from all sin

7But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we do have communion with one another and the blood of his Son Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous so that he will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us.

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CHAPTER 2
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1My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not commit sin. But if someone does commit a sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the whole world.

Christ’s commandments

3This is how we have come to recognise that we know him: if we keep his commandments. 4The one who says, “I know him” and yet does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person. 5But if someone keeps God’s word, God’s love has most certainly been perfected in him. This is how we know that we are in him: 6whoever claims to abide in him should also live just as he lived.

7Brethren, I am not writing a new commandment to you. This is an old commandment which you have had since the beginning. This old commandment is the message which you have heard from the beginning. 8Yet, in another way, it is a new commandment that I write to you; it is true in him and in you because the darkness is passing away and the true light already shines. 9Anyone who claims to be in the light and hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10Anyone who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no occasion for stumbling in such a person. 11But whoever hates a brother is in the darkness and lives in the darkness; such a person does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

To the members of the Church

12I write to you, children, because your sins are forgiven through his Name. 13I write to you, fathers, because you know the one who has existed from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. 14I have written to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong; and the word of God remains in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

Those who love the world

15Do not love the world or the things that are in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; 16because everything that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, pride in possessions, is not from the Father but from the world. 17The world is passing away with its lusts, but the one who does the will of God remains forever.

The Antichrist – Many antichrists

18Children, this is the last hour. As you have heard, the Antichrist is coming and even now many antichrists have arisen. This is how we know that it is the final hour. 19They went out from us, but they did not belong to us. If they had belonged to us, they would have continued with us. But they left, so that it might be revealed that none of them belonged to us. 20You have an anointing from the Holy One and you perceive everything. 21I have not written to you because you do not perceive the truth, but because you perceive it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22Who is the liar? Is it not anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist: the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father.

The anointing remains

24As for you, what you have heard since the beginning should remain in you. If what you have heard since the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25This is the promise which he promised us: eternal life. 26I have written to you these things concerning those who would lead you astray. 27As for you, the anointing which you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. His anointing teaches you about everything; it is true, not a lie. You will remain in him, just as the anointing has taught you. 28Now, little children, remain in him so that when he appears, we may have boldness and not be ashamed before him when he comes. 29If you understand that he is righteous, you also understand that everyone who practices righteousness is born of him.

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CHAPTER 3
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God’s children – We will be like him

1Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called God’s children. For this reason, the world does not understand us, because it did not understand him. 2Beloved, we are already God’s children, but what we will be is not yet revealed. But when he is revealed, we know that we will be like him; for we will see him just as he is. 3Everyone who has this hope set on him purifies himself, just as he is pure.

Sin is lawlessness

4Everyone who sins breaks the law and in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5You know that Christ was revealed to take away our sins, and in him there is no sin. 6Whoever remains in him does not continue in sin, but whoever practices sin has not seen him and does not know him.

7Little children, let no one lead you astray. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8Whoever lives in sin belongs to the devil, since the devil has been a sinner from the beginning. This was the purpose of the manifestation of the Son of God, to undo the work of the devil. 9Those who have been born of God do not keep on sinning because God’s seed abides in them. They cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10This is how the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, and neither is the one who does not love his brother.

We should love one another in deed and truth

11This is the message which you heard from the beginning: that we should love one another. 12We should not be like Cain who was of the evil one and who killed his brother. Why did he kill him? Because his works were evil, while his brother’s works were righteous. 13Do not be surprised, my brethren, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed out of death into life because we love the brethren. Whoever does not love his brother remains in death. 15Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that eternal life does not remain in a murderer.

16This is how we know what love is: that he laid down his life for us. We too should lay down our lives for the brethren. 17But if someone is well-off in worldly possessions and sees one of the brethren in need and yet refuses to help, how does the love of God remain in such a person? 18My little children, let us not love only in word or speech, but in deed and truth. 19This is how we know that we are of the truth and obtain assurance in his presence; 20even if our own hearts condemn us, God is greater than this and knows everything. 21Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness towards God. 22Whatever we ask, we receive from him because we keep his commandments and do what is pleasing in his sight. 23This is his commandment: that we should believe in the Name of his Son Jesus Christ, and that we should love one another, even as he commanded. 24All who obey his commandments remain in him, and he remains in them. By this, we know that he remains in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

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CHAPTER 4
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Spiritual discernment

1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can discern the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. 3But every spirit who does not confess Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh is not from God, and this is the spirit of the Antichrist which you have heard is coming, and is already in the world. 4You are of God, dear children and you have overcome these worldly people because the one who is in you is greater is than the one who is in the world. 5These people are of the world. Therefore, they speak according to the world, and the world listens to them. 6We are of God: Whoever knows God listens to us. Whoever is not of God does not listen to us. By this we can discern the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

God is love – No fear in love

7Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9This is how God’s love was revealed in us: that God sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we might live through him. 10In this is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also should love one another. 12No one has seen God at any time, but if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has reached completion in us.

13By this, we know that we remain in God and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son, the Saviour of the world. 15God remains in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they remain in God. 16We know and we believed in the love which God has for us: God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 17In this, love has been made perfect among us, so that we may have boldness in the day of judgement, because in this world, we are just as he is. 18There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear is connected with punishment. But the one who fears is not yet perfect in love. 19We love him, because he first loved us. 20If someone says, “I love God” and yet hates his brother, such a person is a liar. If someone does not love the brethren who can be seen, how can such a person love God whom he has not seen? 21Indeed, this is commandment we have received from him: that the one who loves God should also love his brethren.

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CHAPTER 5
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The victory that has overcome the world

1Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father also loves the one who is born of the Father. 2By this we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and keeping his commandments. 3Truly, this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world: your faith. 5And who overcomes the world? Is it not the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 6This is the one who came by water and blood: Jesus Christ; not with water only, but with water and blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7There are three who bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that testify on earth: 8the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and the three agree as one. 9If we accept human testimony, God’s testimony is greater because this is God’s testimony concerning his Son. 10Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself, but whoever does not believe God has made God to be a liar, because such a person has not believed the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11This is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life, but whoever who does not have God’s Son does not have life.

13I have written these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life and continue to believe in the Name of the Son of God.

14This is the boldness which we have towards him: if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us. 15And if we know that he listens to us, no matter what we ask, we know that we have obtained the petitions which we have asked of him.

Sin that leads to death – Last warning

16If you see one of the brethren committing a sin that does not leads to death, you should intercede in prayer and God will give life to those brethren whose sin does not lead to death. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I do not say that you should make a request in this case. 17All unrighteousness is sin, yet there is a sin which does not lead to death. 18We know that whoever is born of God does not practice sin; whoever has been born of God is protected, and the evil one does not take hold of such a one. 19We know that we are of God and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20We know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true. Indeed, we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

21Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.