1 John

Written for Jesus' Apostle John, possibly in Aramaic, sometime late in the 1st Century CE.

Chapter 1

1 The message of life has been here since the beginning. We've heard about it, seen it with our eyes, stared at it, and felt it with our hands. 2 Yes, the life was on displayÉ we've seen it, we've testified about it, and now we're reporting to you that there is age-long life with the Father, because He showed it to us. 3 As the result, we're reporting back to you about these things that we've seen and heard, so we can share in it with you. We've shared in this with the Father and His Son Jesus the Anointed One, 4 and now we're writing these things down so that our joy may be complete.

5 The message that we heard from Him (which we want to announce to you) is this: God is light and there isn't any darkness in Him!

6 Now, if we say that we're sharing with Him but we just keep on walking in the darkness, we're lying and we aren't being truthful. 7 But if we're walking in the light (since He's in the light), we're also sharing what we have with each other, and the blood of His Son Jesus is cleansing us of all our sins. 8 And if we should say that we don't have any sins, we're misleading ourselves and there's no truth in us. 9 However if we admit our sins, He will forgive us and wash away all our unrighteousness, because He is faithful and righteous. 10 For when we say that we haven't sinned, we're saying that He's a liar and His words aren't in us.

Chapter 2

1 My little children; I'm writing these things to you so as to keep you from committing any sins. However, if anyone does commit a sin, we have someone righteous who is our advocate with the Father, Jesus the Anointed One. 2 He's the sacrifice that begs forgiveness for our sinsÉ and not just for ours, but also for those of the whole world!

3 This is how we can be sure that we've come to know himÉ If we keep on obeying his commandments. 4 So the one who says, 'Now I know him,' but doesn't obey his commandments, is a liar and the truth isn't in him. 5 However, God's love has been made perfect in all those who really do as they've been told. And that's how we know whether we're in him. 6 For whoever says he's in [Jesus] is obligated to keep on walking in the path that [Jesus] walked.

7 Loved ones; What I'm writing to you about here isn't a new commandment, it's an old commandment that you've had since the beginning. This old commandment is all the instructions that you've heard so far. 8 But now I'm also writing you a new commandment, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 However, those who say that they are already in the light but who dislike their brothers are still in the darkness. 10 For only those who love their brothers are in the light (so they don't go stumbling about), 11 while those who dislike their brothers are still in darkness and must walk around in the dark without any idea of where they're going, because the darkness has left them blind.

12 I'm writing to those of you who are still boys, because your sins have been forgiven through his name.
13 I'm writing to those of you who are fathers, because you've come to know the one who is from long ago.
I'm writing to those of you who are young men, because you've conquered the wicked one.

I have written to you who are boys, because you've come to know the Father.
14 I have written to you who are fathers, because you've come to know the one who is from long ago.
I have written to you who are young men, because you are strong, God's Word is in you, and you've conquered the wicked one.

15 Don't love the world or anything in [it]; for if anyone loves the world, there's no love of the Father in him. 16 Because, nothing in this world – its fleshly desires, its lusting after the things we can see, and its trusting that we can provide for ourselves – comes from the Father, it all comes from the worldÉ 17 and the world with all its desires is passing away! However, those who do God's Will remain through the age.

18 Young children; It's the last hour. And as you've heard, the Antichrist is coming, for there are already many AntichristsÉ and that's how we know it's the last hour. 19 They left us because they weren't like us; for if they had been like us, they would still be with us, and this is what proves that they aren't like us. 20 However, the Holy One has chosen youÉ but then you already know that. 21 So I'm not writing to you because you don't know the truth, but because you have known it.

Remember that lies don't come from the truth. 22 And who are the liars? They are those who deny that Jesus is the Anointed One. Yes, these are the Antichrist (gr. antichristosanti-anointed): They are the ones who deny both the Father and the Son! 23 For whoever denies the Son [also denies] the Father. However, those who have the Son also have the Father.

24 As for you; Hang onto the things that you heard long ago! For if the things that you heard long ago stick with you, you will remain in the Son and in the FatherÉ 25 and what they promised us was age-long life.

26 Now, I'm writing this to you [so as to warn you] about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 I realize that you don't need anyone to be teaching you, since the anointing that you received from him is still in you, and his anointing is teaching you about everythingÉ it's true and it doesn't lie. So just as it taught you, remain in him.

28 Little children; Stay in him, so that when he is revealed, we can speak freely and not be ashamed at his appearance. 29 For if you recognize the fact that he's righteous, you'll also recognize that everyone who does righteous things has been fathered by him.

Chapter 3

1 Look at the type of love that the Father has given usÉ to be called the children of God (which is what we are). And that's the reason why the world doesn't understand usÉ because they don't understand Him!

2 But loved ones; Although we're the children of The God, we really haven't been shown what we will be yet. What we do know is that when [Jesus] is revealed, we'll be like him, and then we'll see him just as he is. 3 So all those who have been given this hope will purify themselves [so as to be like him]. 4 However, those who just keep on sinning are lawbreakersÉ for lawlessness is sin.

5 You already know that the reason why he showed himself [in the flesh] was to take away our sins, since there are no sins in him. 6 Therefore, no one who is in him will keep on sinning. However, those who continue to sin haven't seen him or come to know him.

7 Little children; Don't allow anyone to mislead you. Only those who do righteous things can be righteous in the same way that he is righteous; 8 but sinners come from the Slanderer, because the Slanderer has been sinning since ancient times. And the reason why the Son of The God was shown [in the flesh] was to eliminate the deeds of the Slanderer. 9 Therefore, no one who has been fathered by God can remain a sinner, because [God's] seed is in himÉ he can't keep on sinning, because God has become his Father!

10 Now, it's easy to tell the children of God from the children of the Slanderer, for God didn't father the unrighteous and those who don't love their brothers. 11 Indeed, from the earliest [days] you've heard the message that we must love each other. 12 [We don't want to be] like Cain who came from the wicked one and slaughtered his brother. And just why did he slaughter him? Because what his brother did was righteous, but what he did was wicked. 13 Therefore brothers; Don't be surprised that the world hates you!

14 We know that we've crossed over from death to life, because we love our brothers. However, those who don't love them just stay dead. 15 For whoever dislikes his brother is a murdererÉ and we all know that murderers won't receive age-long life. 16 But we know that we've been loved, because [Jesus] gave his life for usÉ and this is why we should also be willing to lay down our lives for our brothers!

17 So, how can God's love be in a person who may have the worldly means to provide but doesn't feel pity for his brother when he sees that he's in need? 18 Little children; Don't just love with your tongues and with words, but in reality, by doing [whatever is needed]. 19 And this is how we can prove whether we are really being truthful with ourselves and that our hearts can be confident when we stand before Him. 20 For if our hearts are still condemning us, God is greater than our hearts and He knows all that's happening!

21 Loved ones; If our hearts don't condemn us, we can have confidence in God 22 and trust that we'll receive whatever we ask of Him, because we're obeying His commandments and doing the things that are pleasing in His eyes. 23 And this is what He has commanded: We must believe in the name of His Son (Jesus the Anointed), and [we must] love each otherÉ just as He told us. 24 For those who keep His commandments are in Him, and He's in them! And this is how we can know that He's in us: By the Spirit that He gave to us.

Chapter 4

1 Loved ones; Don't believe every spirit, but test the spirits to prove whether they actually come from The God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 You can tell whether a spirit is from The God by this: Every spirit that speaks of Jesus the Anointed One as having come in the flesh, comes from The God. 3 But any spirit that doesn't speak of Jesus, doesn't come from The God but from the Antichrist, whom you heard would come into the worldÉ and who is already here.

4 Little children; Since you were fathered by The God, you've already conquered them allÉ for [the One] who is in you is greater than the whole world!

5 Now, those who are fathered by this world talk about worldly things, and the world listens to them; 6 but since we have been fathered by The God, only those who know God will listen to us, while those who aren't from God won't listen to usÉ and this is how you can tell true spirits from false spirits.

7 Loved ones; Keep on loving each other, because love comes from The GodÉ so those who love, know God, because love comes from God! 8 However, those who don't love haven't known God, because God is love! 9 And He showed His love for us by sending His one-and-only Son into this world so we could gain life through him. 10 And this is true love; because, [back when] we didn't love God, He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to cover our sins.

11 Loved ones; If this is how much God loves us, then we're obliged to love each other! 12 Indeed, no one has ever seen The God; but as long as we love each other, The God is in us and He's making His love perfect in us.

13 We know that we're in Him and He's in us, because He has given us His BreathÉ 14 and we've seen and testified to the fact that the Father sent His Son as the Savior of the world. 15 For whenever anyone admits that Jesus the Anointed One is God's Son, God is in [this person] and he's in God.

16 So we've come to know and believe in the love that The God has for us, because God is love, and whoever keeps on loving is in God and God is in him. 17 This love is actually being perfected in us, so we'll be able to speak freely in the Judgment Day. Therefore, we can be just like Him while we're still in this world!

18 Understand that there isn't any fear in love, because perfect love casts out our fear. But those who are still afraid are being tormented by it, since [such ones] haven't perfected their love. 19 As for us; We love because He loved us first!

20 Now, if anyone says 'I love God,' and he still dislikes his brother, he's a liar! For if he doesn't love his brother whom he can see, how can he love God whom he can't see? 21 Therefore, we have this commandment from Him: 'All who would love God must also love their brothers!'

Chapter 5

1 Those who believe that Jesus is the Anointed One have been fathered by The God. And those who love the One who fathered [them] must also love those whom He fathered. 2 So, this is how we know that we love the children of God: When we love God and we are obeying His commandments. 3 Yes, you show your love for God by obeying His commandmentsÉ and His commandments aren't hard to follow. 4 For all who have been fathered by The God have conquered the world; and the victor that conquers the world is our faith.

5 So, who has conquered the world other than those who have faith that Jesus is the Son of The God? 6 This is the one who came through water and bloodÉ Jesus the Anointed! No, not just through water, but through water and blood! And the Spirit testifies to this, because the Spirit is true. 7 So there are these three witness bearers: 8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and these three are one.

9 Now, if we can believe the testimony that men provide, the testimony that God gives is even greater. For The God Himself has testified concerning His Son, 10 and whoever puts faith in the Son of The God has this testimony within himself! However, those who don't believe what The God [says] are making Him out to be a liar, because they haven't trusted the testimony that God Himself gave concerning His Son. 11 And this is what He testified to: That God gave us age-long life, and this life is in His Son. 12 Therefore, those who have the Son also have the life, but those who don't have the Son don't have the life.

13 I'm writing all of this to you, so you'll know that those who have faith in the name of the Son of The God have age-long life. 14 And we trust that no matter what we may ask for ourselves (as long as it's His Will), He hears us. 15 So if we know that He hears whatever we ask of Him, we also know that we'll have the things that we've asked, because we asked Him.

16 Now, if you should see your brother committing a sin that isn't deadly, you can ask that he might be given life, not death. However, there are sins that do bring death, and when it comes to such sins, I'm telling you not to ask for anything. 17 Of course, everything that's unrighteous is a sinÉ but there are sins that aren't deadly.

18 We know that none of those who have been fathered by The God continue to sin; for having The God as their Father protects them so that the Wicked One can't touch themÉ 19 and we know that while we come from The God, the whole world is lying under the influence of the evil one. 20 We also know that the Son of The God has come and he has given us the understanding that we might know the One who is true, and that we are alive in this True One, through His Son Jesus the Anointed. For He is the God of truth and of age-long life!

21 Little children; Guard yourselves from the idols!

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