1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye should sin not: if, though, any man sin, yet we have an Advocate with the father, even Jesus Christ, which is righteous. 2 And he it is that obtaineth grace for our sins; and not for our sins only, but also for the sins of all the world.
3 And hereby we are sure that we know him: if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, "I know him," and yet keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the verity is not in him. 5 He that keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfect, indeed. And hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he bideth in him, ought to walk even as he walked.
7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you: but an old commandment which ye had at the beginning. For an old commandment is the word which ye heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, a thing which is true in him, and also in you: for the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9 He that saith how that he is in the light, and yet hateth his brother, is in darkness even until this time. 10 He that loveth his brother, abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of offending in him. 11 And he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness; and knoweth not whither he goeth, for darkness hath blinded his eyes.
12 Babes, I write unto you how that your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. 13 I write unto you fathers, how that ye have known him that was from the beginning. I write unto you young men, how that ye have overcome the wicked. I write unto you young children, how that ye know the father. 14 I write unto you fathers, how that ye have known him that was from the beginning. I write unto you young men, how that ye be strong; and the word of God dwelleth in you, that ye have overcome the wicked.
15 See that ye love not the world, nor the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world - as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of goods - are not of the father: but of the world. 17 And the world vanisheth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God, abideth ever.
18 Little children it is now the last time, and as ye have heard how that antichrist shall come: even now are there many antichrists come already, whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out of us, but they were not of us. For if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us. But that fortuned, that it might appear that they were not of us.
20 But ye have an ointment of the holy ghost, and ye know all things. 21 I wrote not unto you, as though ye knew not the truth: but as unto them them that know it, and know also how that no lie cometh of truth. 22 Who is a liar, but he that denieth that Jesus is Christ? The same is the antichrist that denieth the father and the son. 23 Whosoever denieth the son, the same hath not the father.
24 Let therefore abide in you that same which ye heard at the beginning. If that which ye heard at the beginning shall remain in you, then ye also shall continue in the son, and in the father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. 26 These things have I written unto you, as concerning them that deceive you.
27 And the anointing which ye have received of him dwelleth in you. And ye need not that any man teach you: but as the anointing teacheth you all things, and is true, and is no lie: and as it taught you, even so bide therein.