Reference: John, The First Epistle General Of
John, The First Epistle General of.
There can be no doubt that the apostle John was the author of this epistle. It was probably written from Ephesus, and most likely at the close of the first century. In the introduction, ch.
the apostle states the purpose of his epistle: it is to declare the word of life to those whom he is addressing, in order that he and they might be united in true communion with each other, and with God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. His lesson throughout is that the means of union with God are, on the part of Christ, his atoning blood, ch.
and advocacy, ch.
on the part of man, holiness, ch.
, obedience, ch.
and above all love. ch.
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.
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? This is he who came by water and by blood, Jesus Christ; not by water only but by water and by blood.