1 John 2

Christ Our Advocate

1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, + we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2+ He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but + also for the sins of the whole world. 3And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we + keep his commandments. 4Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments + is a liar, and + the truth is not in him, 5but whoever + keeps his word, in him truly + the love of God is perfected. + By this we may know that we are in him: 6whoever says he + abides in him + ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

The New Commandment

7Beloved, I am writing you + no new commandment, but + an old commandment + that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8At the same time, it is + a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because+ + the darkness is passing away and + the true light is already shining. 9Whoever says he is in the light and + hates his brother is still in darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him+ there is no + cause for stumbling. 11But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and + walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

12I am writing to you, little children,

because + your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

13I am writing to you, fathers,

because you know + him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men,

because + you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, children,

because + you know the Father.

14I write to you, fathers,

because you know + him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,

because + you are strong,

and the word of God abides in you,

and you have overcome the evil one.

Do Not Love the World

15+ Do not love the world or the things in the world. + If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—+ the desires of the flesh and + the desires of the eyes and pride of life+ —is not from the Father but is from the world. 17And + the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Warning Concerning Antichrists

18Children, + it is the last hour, and as you have heard that + antichrist is coming, so now + many antichrists have come. + Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19+ They went out from us, but they were not of us; for + if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, + that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20But you have been + anointed by + the Holy One, and + you all have knowledge.+ 21I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22Who is the liar but + he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is + the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23+ No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24Let + what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then + you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25And this is the promise that he made to us++ eternal life.

26I write these things to you about + those who are trying to deceive you. 27But + the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and + you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and + is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

Children of God

28And now, little children, abide in him, so that + when he appears + we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his + coming. 29If you know that + he is righteous, you may be sure that + everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

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