1 My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. Yet if any one has sinned, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Just One. 2 And he is a propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.
3 And by this, we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He who says, I have known him, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in this man. 5 But whoever keeps his word, truly in this man the love of God is perfected. By this we know that we are in him. 6 He who says he abides in him, ought, himself, also, so to walk even as he walked.
7 Brethren, I do not write a new commandment to you; but an old commandment, which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word, which you have heard from the beginning. 8 On the other hand, I write to you a new commandment, which is true concerning him and concerning you. For the darkness is passing away, and the light, which is true, now shines.
9 He who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother, is in the darkness till now. 10 He who loves his brother, abides in the light, and there is no stumbling block to him. 11 But he who hates his brother, is in the darkness, and walks in that darkness, and does not know whither he goes; because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12 Little children, I write to you, because your sins are forgiven you, on account of his name. 13 Fathers, I write to you, because you have known him from the beginning. Young men, I write to you, because you have overcome the wicked one. 14 Fathers, I have written to you, because you have known him from the beginning. Young men, I have written to you, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.
15 Love not the world, neither the things which are in the world. If any one love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 Now the world passes away, and the lust of it; be he who does the will of God, abides forever.
18 Young children, it is the last period. And as you have heard that the antichrist comes, so, now, there are many antichrists; whence you know that it is the last period. 19 They went away from us, but they were not of us. For, if they had been of us, they would have abode with us; but they went away, that they might be made manifest that they were not of us.
20 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and know all things. 21 I have not written to you because you know not the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar, if not he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is the antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son, does not acknowledge the Father.
24 Therefore, let what you have heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you have heard from the beginning, abide in you; you also shall abide in the Son, and in the Father: 25 and this is the promise which he has promised to us, even eternal life. 26 These things I have written to you, concerning them who deceive you;
27 but the unction which you have received from him abides in you; and you have no need that any one should teach you, unless the same unction teaches you concerning all things, and is truth, and is no lie: and as it has taught you, you will abide in him.
28 And now, little children, abide in him, that when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and may not be put to shame by him, at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one who works righteousness, has been begotten by him.