Bible: 1 John 2-4

2:1 (My little children, 1  I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. 2 ) But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate 3  with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One, 4  2:2 and he himself is the atoning sacrifice 5  for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world. 6 

Keeping God’s Commandments

2:3 Now 7  by this we know that we have come to know God: 8  if we keep his commandments. 2:4 The one who says “I have come to know God 9  and yet does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person. 2:5 But whoever obeys his 10  word, truly in this person 11  the love of God has been perfected. By this we know that we are in him. 2:6 The one who says he resides 12  in God 13  ought himself to walk 14  just as Jesus 15  walked.

2:7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. 16  The old commandment is the word that you have already 17  heard. 2:8 On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you which is true in him 18  and in you, because 19  the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 20  2:9 The one who says he is in the light but still hates 21  his fellow Christian 22  is still in the darkness. 2:10 The one who loves his fellow Christian 23  resides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 24  2:11 But the one who hates his fellow Christian 25  is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 26 

Words of Reassurance

2:12 I am writing to you, 27  little children, that 28  your sins have been forgiven because of his 29  name. 2:13 I am writing to you, fathers, that 30  you have known him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, that 31  you have conquered the evil one. 32  2:14 I have written to you, children, that 33  you have known the Father. 34  I have written to you, fathers, that 35  you have known him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young people, that 36  you are strong, and the word of God resides in you, and you have conquered the evil one.

2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him, 2:16 because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) 37  is not from the Father, but is from the world. 2:17 And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains 38  forever.

Warning About False Teachers

2:18 Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists 39  have appeared. We know from this that it is the last hour. 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us, because if they had belonged to us, they would have remained 40  with us. But 41  they went out from us 42  to demonstrate 43  that all of them do not belong to us. 44 

2:20 Nevertheless you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. 45  2:21 I have not written to you that 46  you do not know the truth, but that 47  you do know it, and that 48  no lie is of the truth. 2:22 Who is the liar but the person who denies that Jesus is the Christ 49 ? This one is the antichrist: the person who denies the Father and the Son. 2:23 Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. The person who confesses the Son has the Father also. 50 

2:24 As for you, what you have heard from the beginning must remain 51  in you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 2:25 Now this 52  is the promise that he 53  himself made to 54  us: eternal life. 55  2:26 These things I have written to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 56 

2:27 Now as for you, the anointing 57  that you received from him 58  resides 59  in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as his 60  anointing teaches you about all things, it is true and is not a lie. Just as 61  it 62  has taught you, you reside 63  in him.

Children of God

2:28 And now, little children, remain 64  in him, 65  so that when 66  he appears we may have confidence and not shrink away from him in shame when he comes back. 67  2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you also know 68  that everyone who practices righteousness has been fathered 69  by him.

3:1 (See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that 70  we should be called God’s children – and indeed 71  we are! 72  For this reason 73  the world does not know us: because it did not know him. 74  3:2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be 75  has not yet been revealed. We 76  know that 77  whenever 78  it 79  is revealed 80  we will be like him, because 81  we will see him just as he is. 82  3:3 And everyone who has this hope focused 83  on him purifies 84  himself, just as Jesus 85  is pure). 86 

3:4 Everyone who practices sin 87  also practices lawlessness; 88  indeed, 89  sin is lawlessness. 3:5 And you know that Jesus 90  was revealed to take away 91  sins, and in him there is no sin. 3:6 Everyone who resides 92  in him does not sin; 93  everyone who sins has neither seen him nor known him. 3:7 Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness 94  is righteous, just as Jesus 95  is righteous. 3:8 The one who practices sin is of the devil, 96  because the devil has been sinning 97  from the beginning. For this purpose 98  the Son of God was revealed: to destroy 99  the works of the devil. 3:9 Everyone who has been fathered 100  by God does not practice sin, 101  because 102  God’s 103  seed 104  resides in him, and thus 105  he is not able to sin, because he has been fathered by God. 3:10 By this 106  the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness – the one who does not love his fellow Christian 107 is not of God.

God Is Love, So We Must Love One Another

3:11 For 108  this is the gospel 109  message 110  that you have heard from the beginning: that we should love one another, 111  3:12 not like Cain 112  who was of the evil one and brutally 113  murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his deeds were evil, but his brother’s were righteous.

3:13 Therefore do not be surprised, brothers and sisters, 114  if the world hates you. 115  3:14 We know that 116  we have crossed over 117  from death to life 118  because 119  we love our fellow Christians. 120  The one who does not love remains in death. 121  3:15 Everyone who hates his fellow Christian 122  is a murderer, 123  and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing 124  in him. 3:16 We have come to know love by this: 125  that Jesus 126  laid down 127  his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. 3:17 But whoever has the world’s possessions 128  and sees his fellow Christian 129  in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God 130  reside 131  in such a person? 132 

3:18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. 133  3:19 And by this 134  we will know that we are of the truth and will convince 135  our conscience 136  in his presence, 137  3:20 that 138  if our conscience condemns 139  us, that 140  God is greater than our conscience and knows all things. 3:21 Dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God, 3:22 and 141  whatever we ask we receive from him, because 142  we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing to him. 3:23 Now 143  this is his commandment: 144  that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he gave 145  us the commandment. 3:24 And the person who keeps his commandments resides 146  in God, 147  and God 148  in him. Now by this 149  we know that God 150  resides in us: by the Spirit he has given us.

Testing the Spirits

4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, 151  but test 152  the spirits 153  to determine 154  if they are from God, because many false prophets 155  have gone out into the world. 4:2 By this 156  you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses 157  Jesus as the Christ 158  who has come in the flesh is from God, 4:3 but 159  every spirit that does not confess 160  Jesus 161  is not from God, and this is the spirit 162  of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now is already in the world.

4:4 You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, 163  because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 4:5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world’s perspective and the world listens to them. 4:6 We are from God; the person who knows God listens to us, but 164  whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this 165  we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit. 166 

God is Love

4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because 167  love is from God, and everyone who loves 168  has been fathered 169  by God and knows God. 4:8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 170  4:9 By this 171  the love of God 172  is revealed in us: 173  that God has sent his one and only 174  Son into the world so that we may live through him. 4:10 In this 175  is love: not that 176  we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice 177  for our sins.

4:11 Dear friends, if God so loved us, then 178  we also ought to love one another. 179  4:12 No one has seen God at any time. 180  If we love one another, God resides 181  in us, and his love is perfected in us. 182  4:13 By this 183  we know that we reside in God 184  and he in us: in that he has given us of his Spirit. 185  4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior 186  of the world.

4:15 If anyone 187  confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides 188  in him and he in God. 4:16 And we have come to know and to believe 189  the love that God has in us. 190  God is love, and the one who resides 191  in love resides in God, and God resides in him. 4:17 By this 192  love is perfected with 193  us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus 194  is, so also are we in this world. 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. 195  The 196  one who fears punishment 197  has not been perfected in love. 4:19 We love 198  because he loved us first.

4:20 If anyone says 199 I love Godand yet 200  hates his fellow Christian, 201  he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian 202  whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 203  4:21 And the commandment we have from him is this: that 204  the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian 205  too.

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