THE FIRST EPISTLE
1 My 1little children, 2these things I write to you that you 3may not sin. And if anyone 4sins, we have an 5aAdvocate 6with the 7Father, Jesus Christ the 8bRighteous;
2 And He Himself is the 1apropitiation for our bsins, and not for ours only but also for those of the 2whole cworld.
2. Loving God and the Brothers
3 1And in this we 2know that we 3aknow Him, if we bkeep His 4commandments.
4 He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments is a 1aliar, and the 2btruth is not in this one;
5 But whoever akeeps His 1bword, truly in this one the 2clove of God has been 3dperfected. In this we know that we are 4ein Him.
6 He who says he 1aabides in Him ought himself also to bwalk even cas 2dHe walked.
7 Beloved, I am not writing a anew commandment to you but an 1old commandment, which you have had 2from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you bheard.
8 Yet again a 1new commandment I am writing to you, 2which is true in Him and in you because the 3adarkness is passing away and the true blight is already shining.
9 He who says he is ain the 1light and yet bhates his brother is in the darkness until now.
10 He who aloves his brother 1babides in the 2light, and there is no cause of cstumbling in him;
11 But he who 1ahates his brother is in the bdarkness and walks in the darkness and does not know where he is 2going, because the darkness has 3cblinded his eyes.
II. The Teaching of the Divine Anointing
A. Concerning the Divine Trinity
according to the Growth in Life
12 I write to you, 1little children, because your sins have been 2aforgiven you because of His bname.
13 I write to you, 1fathers, because you 2aknow 3Him who is 4from the beginning. I write to you, 5young men, because you have 6bovercome the 7cevil one. I 8write to you, 9young children, because you dknow the 10Father.
14 I have 1written to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because 2you are astrong and the word of God babides in you and you have overcome the 3evil one.
15 1Do not love the 2aworld nor the things in the world. If anyone bloves the cworld, 3dlove for the 4Father is not in him;
16 Because all that is in the world, the 1alust of the flesh and the 1lust of the beyes and the 1vainglory of 2clife, is not of the Father but is of the world.
17 And the world is apassing away, and its 1lust, but he who 2bdoes the 1cwill of God abides forever.
18 1Young children, it is the alast hour; and even as you heard that 2bantichrist is coming, even now 3many antichrists have ccome; whereby we know that it is the last hour.
19 They awent out from us, but they were 1not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have 2remained with us; but they went out that they might be bmanifested that they all are not of us.
B. For the Abiding in the Triune God
20 And you have an 1aanointing from the bHoly One, and 2call of you dknow.
21 I have not written to you because you do not know the 1truth, but because you 2know it and because no alie is of the 1truth.
22 Who is the aliar if not he who 1bdenies that 2cJesus is the Christ? This is the dantichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.
23 Everyone who 1denies the Son does not have the aFather either; he who confesses the bSon has the Father also.
24 As for you, 1that which you heard 2from the beginning, let it abide in you. If that which you aheard 2from the beginning babides in you, you also will 3cabide in the dSon and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise which 1He Himself 2promised us, the 3aeternal life.
26 These things I have written to you 1concerning those who 2alead you astray.
27 And as for you, the 1anointing which you have received from 2Him 3abides in you, and you have 4no need that anyone teach you; but as 2His anointing 5ateaches you concerning 6all things and is 7true and is not a blie, and even as it has taught you, 8abide in 2Him.
III. The Virtues of the Divine Birth
A. To Practice the Divine Righteousness
28 And now, 1little children, 2abide in Him, so that if 3He is amanifested, we may have bboldness and not be 4put to cshame 5from Him 6at His dcoming.
29 If you 1know that 2He is 3arighteous, 4you 5know that everyone who 6bpractices crighteousness also has been 7begotten of Him.