1 My little children, I write these things unto you, that ye may not sin. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whosoever keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: and by this we know that we are in Him. 6 He that saith, he abideth in Him, ought himself also so to walk even as He walked.
7 Brethren, I write not a new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning: the old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning: 8 though I write it again as a new commandment, which is truth in Him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9 Now he that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is still in darkness: 10 whereas, he that loveth his brother, abideth in the light, and is in no danger of stumbling. 11 But he, that hateth his brother, is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not where he goeth, because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.
12 I write unto you, little children, because for his sake your sins are forgiven you: 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning: and I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. Yea I have written to you, little children, because ye have known the Father: 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning: and I have written to you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one---
15 Love not the world, nor the things that are in the world; for if any one love the world to excess, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the desire of the flesh, and the desire of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the desire of it: but he, that doth the will of God, abideth for ever.
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that an antichrist will come, there are even now many antichrists, whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been indeed of us, they would have continued with us; but this was done that they might be made manifest, because all, that are with us, are not indeed of us.
20 And ye have an unction from the holy One, and know all. 21 I have not therefore written to you, because ye know not the truth; but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar, if not he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, that denieth the Father as well as the Son; 23 for whosoever denieth the Son, hath not the Father: but he that confesseth the Son acknowledgeth the Father also.
24 Let that therefore, which ye have heard from the beginning, abide in you: for if that, which ye heard from the beginning, remain in you, ye also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise which He hath promised us, even eternal life. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning those who would seduce you.
27 But the unction, which ye have received from Him, abideth in you; and therefore ye have no need that any should teach you: since this very unction teacheth you concerning all things, and is truth and not falshood; even as that hath taught you, abide in Him.
28 And now, little children, abide, I say, in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and may not be ashamed before Him at his coming. 29 If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one, who practiseth righteousness, is born of Him.