1 It is of what has existed from the beginning, of what we have listened to, of what we have seen with our own eyes, of what we have witnessed and touched with our own heads, it is concerning the Logos of Life that we are now writing. 2 And the Life was made visible, and we have seen it and are bearing witness, and are bringing you word of that Eternal Life which was face to face with the Father and was made visible to us. 3 It is what we have seen and heard that we are announcing to you, in order that you also may have partnership with us; and our partnership is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing all this to you that our joy may be complete.
5 This, then, is the message that we have heard from him, and are announcing to you, that God is light, and no darkness what ever is in him. 6 If we say, "We have partnership with Him," when we are passing our life in the darkness, we are lying and are not doing the truth. 7 But is we are passing our life in the light, as he is in the light, we ever have partnership with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ is cleansing us from every sin. 8 If we say, "We have no sin," we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 But if we confess our sins, faithful is he and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all wrong-doing. 10 If we say, "We have not sinned," we are making him a liar, and his word is not in us.