1 John 2
Christ Our Advocate1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, awe have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 bHe is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but calso for the sins of the whole world. 3And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we dkeep his commandments. 4Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments eis a liar, and fthe truth is not in him, 5but whoever gkeeps his word, in him truly hthe love of God is perfected. iBy this we may know that we are in him: 6whoever says he jabides in him kought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
The New Commandment7Beloved, I am writing you lno new commandment, but man old commandment nthat you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8At the same time, it is oa new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because ▼
▼Or thatqthe darkness is passing away and rthe true light is already shining. 9Whoever says he is in the light and shates his brother is still in darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him ▼
▼Or itthere is no ucause for stumbling. 11But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and vwalks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12 I am writing to you, little children,
because wyour sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
13I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know xhim who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because yyou have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, children,
because zyou know the Father.
14I write to you, fathers,
because you know aahim who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because abyou are strong,
and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.
Do Not Love the World15 acDo not love the world or the things in the world. adIf anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world— aethe desires of the flesh and afthe desires of the eyes and pride of life ▼
▼Or pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17And ahthe world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
Warning Concerning Antichrists18Children, aiit is the last hour, and as you have heard that ajantichrist is coming, so now akmany antichrists have come. alTherefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 amThey went out from us, but they were not of us; for anif they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, aothat it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20But you have been apanointed by aqthe Holy One, and aryou all have knowledge. ▼
▼Some manuscripts you know everything21I 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 athe who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is authe antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 avNo one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24Let awwhat you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then axyou too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25And this is the promise that he made to us ▼
▼Some manuscripts you— azeternal life.
26I write these things to you about bathose who are trying to deceive you. 27But bbthe anointing that you received from him abides in you, and bcyou have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and bdis true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.
Children of God28And now, little children, abide in him, so that bewhen he appears bfwe may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his bgcoming. 29If you know that bhhe is righteous, you may be sure that bieveryone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
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