Reference: John, First Epistle Of
the fourth of the catholic or "general" epistles. It was evidently written by John the evangelist, and probably also at Ephesus, and when the writer was in advanced age. The purpose of the apostle (1Jo 1:1-4) is to declare the Word of Life to those to whom he writes, in order that they might be united in fellowship with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. He shows that the means of union with God are, (1) on the part of Christ, his atoning work (1Jo 1:7; 2:2; 3:5; 4:10,14; 5:11-12) and his advocacy (1Jo 2:1); and (2), on the part of man, holiness (1Jo 1:6), obedience (1Jo 2:3), purity (1Jo 3:3), faith (1Jo 3:23; 4:3; 5:5), and love (1Jo 2:7-8; 3:14; 4:7; 5:1).
That which was from the first, which has come to our ears, and which we have seen with our eyes, looking on it and touching it with our hands, about the Word of life (And the life was made clear to us, and we have seen it and are witnessing to it and giving you word of that eternal life which was with the Father and was seen by us); read more. We give you word of all we have seen and everything which has come to our ears, so that you may be united with us; and we are united with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ: And we are writing these things to you so that our joy may be made complete.
If we say we are joined to him, and are walking still in the dark, our words are false and our acts are untrue: But if we are walking in the light, as he is in the light, we are all united with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son makes us clean from all sin.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may be without sin. And if any man is a sinner, we have a friend and helper with the Father, Jesus Christ, the upright one: He is the offering for our sins; and not for ours only, but for all the world. read more. And by this we may be certain that we have knowledge of him, if we keep his laws.
My loved ones, I do not give you a new law, but an old law which you had from the first; this old law is the word which came to your ears. Again, I give you a new law, which is true in him and in you; for the night is near its end and the true light is even now shining out.
And everyone who has this hope in him makes himself holy, even as he is holy.
And you have knowledge that he came to take away sin: and in him there is no sin.
We are conscious that we have come out of death into life because of our love for the brothers. He who has no love is still in death.
And this is his law, that we have faith in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love for one another, even as he said to us.
And every spirit which does not say this is not from God: this is the spirit of Antichrist, of which you have had word; and it is in the world even now.
My loved ones, let us have love for one another: because love is of God, and everyone who has love is a child of God and has knowledge of God.
And this is love, not that we had love for God, but that he had love for us, and sent his Son to be an offering for our sins.
And we have seen and give witness that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
Everyone who has faith that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God: and everyone who has love for the Father has love for his child.
Who is able to overcome the world but the man who has faith that Jesus is the Son of God?
And his witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who has not the Son of God has not the life.
This was doubtless written after the epistles of Peter and Paul. Morally John's writings have their place when the church as a testimony had failed, and the 'last time' had arrived. The three Epistles come in between the Gospel of John and the Revelation. The real remedy for the evils spoken of is the coming in of the Lord as the faithful witness.
Near the end of the first century the error had arisen that Christ had no real body
Now he who had been made well had no knowledge who it was, Jesus having gone away because of the number of people who were in that place.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may be without sin. And if any man is a sinner, we have a friend and helper with the Father, Jesus Christ, the upright one:
I am writing to you, my children, because you have forgiveness of sins through his name.
And now, my children, keep your hearts in him; so that at his revelation, we may have no fear or shame before him at his coming.
He who keeps his laws is in God and God is in him. And the Spirit which he gave us is our witness that he is in us.
And his Spirit which he has given us is the witness that we are in him and he is in us.