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What was from the beginning,
What we have heard,
What we looked at and our hands handled,
And we have seen and are witnesses,
Who was with the Father,
have a share with us
And with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things, So that our happiness may be made complete.
And the message we have heard from him is this,
And we announce it to you, That God is light,
And there is no darkness at all in him.
If we say we are sharers with him,
And keep living in darkness,
But if we keep living in the light,
From the guilt of every kind of sin.
And the truth is not in us.
And to free us from everything that is not right.
(God is Light.)
3. My little children I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if any one sins we have a helper with the Father, that is, Jesus Christ the good, and he is a means of appeasing God so as to do away with our sins, and not so as to do away
with ours only, but also with the sins of the whole world. And this is the way we become acquainted with the fact that we are acquainted with him by continuing to keep his commandments. He who says:
I am acquainted with him, and does not continue to keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps doing what he tells him, truly in him has the love of God been perfected. This is the way we become acquainted with the fact that we are in him : He who says he is continuing in him ought himself also to keep living just as he kept living.
4. Dear brothers, it is not a new commandment I am writing 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 am I writing to you, and it is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
He who says he is in the light and keeps hating his brother is in the darkness to this moment. He who keeps loving his brother continues in the light and no occasion of stumbling is in him. He who keeps hating his brother is in the darkness and keeps living in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded
5. I am writing to you, little children, Because your sins are put away from you for his
name's sake. I am writing to you, fathers, Because you have become acquainted with
him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men,
Because you have overcome the wicked
I wrote to you, little children,
him who is from the beginning.
Because you are strong,
Nor the things which are in the world.
The love of the Father is not in him.
For everything which is in the world,
The desire of the flesh,
And this life's love of display,-
And its desire.