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1 John 2:1–16

Christ Is Our Advocate

1 aMy little children, I am bwriting these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, cwe have an 1dAdvocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;

2 and He Himself is athe 1propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also bfor those of the whole world.

3 aBy this we know that we have come to bknow Him, if we ckeep His commandments.

4 The one who says, “aI have come to bknow Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a cliar, and dthe truth is not in him;

5 but whoever akeeps His word, in him the blove of God has truly been perfected. cBy this we know that we are in Him:

6 the one who says he aabides in Him bought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

7 aBeloved, I am bnot writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had cfrom the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.

8 1On the other hand, I am writing aa new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because bthe darkness is passing away and cthe true Light is already shining.

9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet ahates his bbrother is in the darkness until now.

10 aThe one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

11 But the one who ahates his brother is in the darkness and bwalks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has cblinded his eyes.

12 I am writing to you, alittle children, because byour sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake.

13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him awho has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because byou have overcome cthe evil one. I have written to you, children, because dyou know the Father.

14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him awho has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are bstrong, and the cword of God abides in you, and dyou have overcome the evil one.

Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love athe world nor the things in the world. bIf anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, athe lust of the flesh and bthe lust of the eyes and cthe boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

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