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 beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld and our hands felt, concerning the Word of life,??2 and the life was made manifest, and we have seen, and testify, and declare to you the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested to us,??3 that which we have seen and heard, we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
And these things we write to you, that your joy may be complete.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie and observe not the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
My little children, these things I write to you that you may not sin. But if any one has sinned, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is a propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but for all the world. read more. And by this we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments.
Beloved, I write not a new commandment to you, but an old commandment, which you had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you heard. Again, a new commandment I write you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is past and the true light now appears.
And every one that has this hope in him purifies himself, as he is pure.
And we know that he was manifested to take away sins, and in him there is no sin.
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers; he that loves not, continues in death.
And this is his commandment; that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as he gave commandment.
and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. And this is the [spirit] of anti-christ, of which you have heard that he is coming, and he is now in the world already.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and every one that loves has been born of God and knows God.
In this is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son a propitiation for our sins.
And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son, the Saviour of the world.
Every one who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and every one who loves the Father loves also the Son who is born to him.
Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has the life; he that has not the Son 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
And the sick man knew not who it was; for Jesus had gone away, a multitude being in that place.
My little children, these things I write to you that you may not sin. But if any one has sinned, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous,
I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven on account of his name.
And now, little children, continue in him, that when he shall appear we may have boldness, and not be put to shame by him at his coming.
And he that keeps his commandments continues in him and he in him; and by this we know that he continues in us, by the Spirit which he gave us.
By this we know that we continue in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit.