1 Concerning the Logos, the author of Life, we declare what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have consider'd, and what has been the object of our touch. 2 for the life was manifested, we have seen it, we testify of it, and denounce unto you, that eternal life which was with the father, and was manifested unto us. 3 what we have seen and heard, we declare unto you, that ye also may be of the same society with us: and truly associated with the father, and with his son Jesus Christ. 4 and these things write we unto you, that our joy may be perfect.
5 This then is the commission we have from him, to declare unto you, that God is light, and in him there is no darkness. 6 if we say that we have communion with him, and walk in darkness, we lye, and do not act sincerely: 7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have society one with another, and the blood of his son Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we are without sin, we deceive ourselves, and have no regard to truth. 9 if we confess our sins, as he is faithful and just, he will forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all iniquity. 10 if we say that we have not sinned, we impeach his veracity, and discredit his word.