1 It is what existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we have beheld, what our own hands have touched, about the very message of life -- 2 and that life has been unveiled to us, and we have seen it and now testify to it and we now announce it to you, yea, the eternal life that was with the Father and has been unveiled to us. 3 I repeat, it is what we have seen and heard that we now announce to you, so that you too may share this fellowship with us, for this fellowship that we have is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ; 4 and now we write these things to you to make our joy complete.
5 And this is the message that we have heard from Him and now announce to you: God is light, and there is no darkness at all in Him. 6 If we say "We have fellowship with Him," and yet live in darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. 7 But if we continue to live in the light, just as He is in the light, we have unbroken fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son continues to cleanse us from every sin. 8 If we claim "We are already free from sin," we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in our hearts. 9 If we confess our sins, He is to be depended on, since He is just, to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from every wrong. 10 If we claim "We have not sinned," we are making Him a liar, and His message is not in our hearts.