THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF JOHN

  1. Brethren, this is the testimony which we give of that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life. (For the Life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness, and show unto you that Eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.) What we have seen and heard we declare unto you, that you may also have fellowship with us, and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write unto you, that your joy may be full.
  2. This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you: that God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not speak the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
  3. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
  4. My little children, these things I write unto you that you do not sin. But if any man sins and repents, we have an advocate with the Father: Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
  5. And hereby we do know that we know him: if we keep his commandments. He that says, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected; hereby we know that we are in him. He that says he abides in him ought himself to also walk even as he walked.
  6. Brethren, I write a new commandment unto you, but it is the same commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you have heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing of old was ordained of God, and is true in him and in you, because the darkness is past in you and the true light now shines. He that says he is in the light and hates his brother is in darkness even until now. He that loves his brother abides in the light and there is no stumbling block in him. But he that hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and knows not where he goes because that darkness has blinded his eyes.
  7. I write unto you little children because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. I write unto you fathers because you have known him from the beginning. I write unto you young men because you have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you little children because you have known the Father. I have written unto you fathers because you have known him from the beginning. I have written unto you young men because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.
  8. Love not the world, neither the things of the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him; for all in the world that is of the lusts of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof; but he that does the will of God abides for ever.
  9. Little children, it is the last time, and as you have heard that an antichrist shall come, even now there are many antichrists, whereby we know that it is the last time. 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 that they might be made manifest, they were not all of us.
  10. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written unto you because you know not the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist that denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father. Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you also shall continue in the Son and in the Father, and this is the promise that he has promised us: Eternal life.
  11. These have I written unto you concerning those who seduce you. But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you. But as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.
  12. 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. If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone that does righteousness is born of him.
  13. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know him. Beloved, now we are the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.
  14. Whoever commits sin transgresses the law also, for sin is the transgression of the law. And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins, and in him there is no sin. Whoever abides in him sins not. Whoever continues in sin has not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you. He that does righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that continues in sin is of the devil, for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested: that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever is born of God does not continue in sin, for the Spirit of God remains in him, and he cannot continue in sin because he is born of God, having received that Holy Spirit of Promise. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil. Whoever does not do righteousness is not of God, neither he that does not love his brother; for this is the message that you heard from the beginning: that we should love one another, not being as Cain, who was of that wicked one and slew his brother. And why did he slay him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
  15. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has Eternal life abiding in him. Hereby we perceive the love of Christ, because he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother has need, and shuts up his heart from him, how can the love of God dwell in him?
  16. My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue only, but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth and shall assure our hearts before him; for if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows all things. Beloved, if our hearts condemn us not, we have confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
  17. And this is his commandment: that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in them. And hereby we know that he abides in us: by the Spirit which he has given us.
  18. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits — whether they are of God — because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now it is already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. They are of the world, therefore they speak of the world and the world hears them. We are of God. He that knows God hears us. He that is not of God does not hear us. Hereby we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
  19. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone that loves is born of God and knows God. He that does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this was the love of God manifested toward us: because God sent his Only Begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to also love one another. No man has seen God at any time except those who believe. If we love one another, God dwells in us and his love is perfected in us. Hereby we know that we dwell in him, and he in us: because he has given us of his Spirit.
  20. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son, the Savior of the world. Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has toward us. God is love, and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. We love him because he first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar, for he that does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from him: that he who loves God loves his brother also.
  21. Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone that loves him that begot us loves him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God and keep his commandments; for this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments.
  22. And his commandments are not grievous, for whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world: our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood: Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth; for there are three that bear record in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth: the spirit, and the water, and the blood; and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater, for this is the witness of God which he has testified of his Son.
  23. He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself. He that believes not God has made him a liar, because he believes not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record: that God has given to us Eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has life; he that has not the Son of God has not life.
  24. These things I have written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have Eternal life, and that you may continue to believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
  25. If any man sees his brother sin a sin, not unto death, he shall ask and he shall give him life, for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death; I do not say that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not unto death. We know that whoever is born of God continues not in sin; but he that is begotten of God and keeps himself, that wicked one does not overcome him. We know that we are of God and the whole world lies in wickedness, and we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true; and we are in him that is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and Eternal life.
  26. Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

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