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1 John 1:1–2:2

Introduction, The Incarnate Word

1 What was afrom the beginning, what we have bheard, what we have cseen with our eyes, what we dhave looked at and etouched with our hands, concerning the fWord of Life—

2 and athe life was manifested, and we have bseen and ctestify and proclaim to you dthe eternal life, which was ewith the Father and was amanifested to us—

3 what we have aseen and bheard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our cfellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.

4 aThese things we write, so that our bjoy may be made complete.

God Is Light

5 aThis is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that bGod is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.

6 aIf we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we blie and cdo not practice the truth;

7 but if we awalk in the Light as bHe Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and cthe blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

8 aIf we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the btruth is not in us.

9 aIf we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and bto cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

10 aIf we say that we have not sinned, we bmake Him a liar and cHis word is not in us.

Chapter 2

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.

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