C. The Condition of the Divine Fellowship
1. Confessing Our Sins
5 1And this is the amessage which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that 2God is 3blight and in Him is no 4darkness at all.
6 If we say that we 1have fellowship 2with Him and yet 3walk in the adarkness, we 4blie and are not 5practicing the 6truth;
7 But if we awalk in the light as He 1is in the light, we 2have fellowship with one another, and the 3bblood of 4Jesus His Son 5cleanses us from every 6sin.
8 If we say that we 1do not have sin, 2we are deceiving ourselves, and the 3atruth is not in us.
9 If we 1aconfess our sins, He is 2bfaithful and crighteous to dforgive us our esins and 3fcleanse us from all 4gunrighteousness.
10 If we say that we 1have anot sinned, we make Him a bliar, and His 2cword is not in us.
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.