1 John 2

Jesus Our Advocate

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you will not sin. [But] if anyone does sin, we have an advocate before the Father— Jesus Christ, [the] Righteous [One] . He Himself is [the] atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the [sins] of [the] whole world. By this we can be sure that we have come to know Him: if we keep His commandments. If anyone says, “I know Him,” [but] does not keep His commandments, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone keeps His word, the love of God has been truly perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him: Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as [Jesus] walked.

A New Commandment

Beloved, I am not writing you a new commandment, but an old [one] , which you have had from [the] beginning. [This] commandment is the message you have heard. Then again, I am also writing you a new commandment, which is true in Him and also in you. For the darkness is fading and the true light is already shining. If anyone claims to be in the light [but] hates his brother, he is still in the darkness. 10  Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause of stumbling in him. 11  But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness. He does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 12  I am writing to you, little children, because [your] sins have been forgiven through His name. 13  I 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 have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14  I 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 abides in you, and you have overcome the evil [one] .

Do Not Love the World

15  {Do} not love the world [or] anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16  For all that [is] in the world— the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life— is not from the Father but from the world. 17  The world is passing away [along with] its desires, but whoever does the will of God remains forever.

Beware of Antichrists

18  Children, it is [the] last hour; and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. This is how we know it is [the] last hour. 19  They went out from us, but they did not belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But [their departure] made it clear that none of them belonged to us. 20  You, however, have [an] anointing from the Holy [One] , and all of you know the truth.
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21  I have not written to you because you lack knowledge of the truth, but because you have it, and because no lie comes from the truth. 22  Who is the liar, if [it is] not the [one who] denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, who denies the Father and the Son. 23  Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.

Continue in Him

24  [As for] you, {let} what you have heard from [the] beginning remain in you. If [it] [does] , you will also remain in the Son and in the Father. 25  And this is the promise that He Himself [made] to us: eternal life. 26  I have written these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27  And [as for] you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But just as [His] true and genuine anointing teaches you about all things, [so] remain in Him as you have been taught. 28  And now, little children, remain in [Him] , so that when He appears, we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming. 29  If you know that He is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.
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