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!"# $%# &riting' about the "or o( Li(e !!a'in' )im "ho e*i+te (rom the beginning, "hom &e ha,e hear , "hom &e ha,e +een &ith our !o&n' eye+, "hom &e ha,e ga-e upon !(or our+e.,e+' an ha,e touche &ith our !o&n' han +/ $n the Li(e !!b'an a+pect o( )i+ being' &a+ re,ea.e 0ma e mani(e+t, emon+trate 1, an &e +a& !a+ eye&itne++e+' an are te+ti(ying to an ec.are to you the Li(e, the eterna. Li(e !!c'in )im' "ho a.rea y e*i+te &ith the Father an "ho !actua..y' &a+ ma e ,i+ib.e 0&a+ re,ea.e 1 to u+ !)i+ (o..o&er+'/ "hat &e ha,e +een an !our+e.,e+' hear , &e are a.+o te..ing you, +o that you too may ! 'rea.i-e an en3oy (e..o&+hip a+ partner+ an partaker+ &ith u+/ $n !thi+' (e..o&+hip that &e ha,e !&hich i+ a !e' i+tingui+hing mark o( Chri+tian+' i+ &ith the Father an &ith )i+ 4on 5e+u+ Chri+t 0the 6e++iah1/ $n &e are no& &riting the+e thing+ to you +o that our 3oy !in +eeing you inc.u e ' may be (u.. !an !('your 3oy may be comp.ete'/ $n thi+ i+ the me++age !the me++age o( !g'promi+e' &hich &e ha,e hear (rom )im an no& are reporting to you7 8o i+ Light, an there i+ no arkne++ in )im at a.. !!h'no, not in any &ay'/ !4o' i( &e +ay &e are partaker+ together an en3oy (e..o&+hip &ith )im &hen &e .i,e an mo,e an are &a.king about in arkne++, &e are !both' +peaking (a.+e.y an o not .i,e an practice the Truth !&hich the 8o+pe. pre+ent+'/ 9ut i( &e !rea..y' are .i,ing an &a.king in the Light, a+ )e !)im+e.(' i+ in the Light, &e ha,e !true, unbroken' (e..o&+hip &ith one another, an the b.oo o( 5e+u+ Chri+t )i+ 4on c.ean+e+ 0remo,e+1 u+ (rom a.. +in an gui.t !keep+ u+ c.ean+e (rom +in in a.. it+ (orm+ an mani(e+tation+'/ :( &e +ay &e ha,e no +in !re(u+ing to a mit that &e are +inner+', &e e.u e an .ea our+e.,e+ a+tray, an the Truth !&hich the 8o+pe. pre+ent+' i+ not in u+ ! oe+ not &e.. in our heart+'/ :( &e !(ree.y' a mit that &e ha,e +inne an con(e++ our +in+, )e i+ (aith(u. an 3u+t 0true to )i+ o&n nature an promi+e+1 an &i.. (orgi,e our +in+ ! i+mi++ our .a&.e++ne++' an !continuou+.y' c.ean+e u+ (rom a.. unrighteou+ne++ !e,erything not in con(ormity to )i+ &i.. in purpo+e, thought, an action'/ :( &e +ay 0c.aim1 &e ha,e not +inne , &e contra ict )i+ "or an make )im out to be (a.+e an a .iar, an )i+ "or i+ not in u+ !the i,ine me++age o( the 8o+pe. i+ not in our heart+'/ Footnotes:
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a. 1 5ohn 171 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+ in the =e& Te+tament/ b. 1 5ohn 172 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+ in the =e& Te+tament/ c. 1 5ohn 172 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+ in the =e& Te+tament/ d. 1 5ohn 172 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+ in the =e& Te+tament/ e. 1 5ohn 172 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+ in the =e& Te+tament/ f. 1 5ohn 174 6any ancient manu+cript+ rea >your 3oy/>

g. 1 5ohn 175 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+ in the =e& Te+tament/ h. 1 5ohn 175 Litera. tran+.ation/

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6? L:TTL# chi. ren, : &rite you the+e thing+ +o that you may not ,io.ate 8o @+ .a& an +in/ 9ut i( anyone +hou. +in, &e ha,e an $ ,ocate 0Ane "ho &i.. interce e (or u+1 &ith the FatherBB!it i+' 5e+u+ Chri+t !the a..' righteou+ !upright, 3u+t, "ho con(orm+ to the Father@+ &i.. in e,ery purpo+e, thought, an action'/ $n )e !!a'that +ame 5e+u+ )im+e.(' i+ the propitiation 0the atoning +acri(ice1 (or our +in+, an not (or our+ a.one but a.+o (or !the +in+ o(' the &ho.e &or. / $n thi+ i+ ho& &e may i+cern !!b' ai.y, by e*perience' that &e are coming to kno& )im !to percei,e, recogni-e, un er+tan , an become better acCuainte &ith )im'7 i( &e keep 0bear in min , ob+er,e, practice1 )i+ teaching+ 0precept+, comman ment+1/ "hoe,er +ay+, : kno& )im !: percei,e, recogni-e, un er+tan , an am acCuainte &ith )im' but (ai.+ to keep an obey )i+ comman ment+ 0teaching+1 i+ a .iar, an the Truth !!c'o( the 8o+pe.' i+ not in him/ 9ut he &ho keep+ 0trea+ure+1 )i+ "or !&ho bear+ in min )i+ precept+, &ho ob+er,e+ )i+ me++age in it+ entirety', tru.y in him ha+ the .o,e o( an (or 8o been per(ecte 0comp.ete , reache maturity1/ 9y thi+ &e may percei,e 0kno&, recogni-e, an be +ure1 that &e are in )im7 "hoe,er +ay+ he abi e+ in )im ought !a+ ! 'a per+ona. ebt' to &a.k an con uct him+e.( in the +ame &ay in &hich )e &a.ke an con ucte )im+e.(/ 9e.o,e , : am &riting you no ne& comman ment, but an o. comman ment &hich you ha,e ha (rom the beginningD the o. comman ment i+ the me++age &hich you ha,e hear !the !e' octrine o( +a.,ation through Chri+t'/ ?et : am &riting you a ne& comman ment, &hich i+ true 0i+ rea.i-e 1 in )im an in you, becau+e the arkne++ 0!('mora. b.in ne++1 i+ c.earing a&ay an the true Light 0!g'the re,e.ation o( 8o in Chri+t1 i+ a.rea y +hining/ "hoe,er +ay+ he i+ in the Light an !yet' hate+ hi+ brother !Chri+tian, again chi. o( 8o hi+ Father' i+ in arkne++ e,en unti. no&/
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"hoe,er .o,e+ hi+ brother !be.ie,er' abi e+ 0.i,e+1 in the Light, an in :t or in him there i+ no occa+ion (or +tumb.ing or cau+e (or error or +in/ 9ut he &ho hate+ 0 ete+t+, e+pi+e+1 hi+ brother !!i'in Chri+t' i+ in arkne++ an &a.king 0.i,ing1 in the arkD he i+ +traying an oe+ not percei,e or kno& &here he i+ going, becau+e the arkne++ ha+ b.in e hi+ eye+/ : am &riting to you, .itt.e chi. ren, becau+e (or )i+ name@+ +ake your +in+ are (orgi,en !par one through )i+ name an on account o( con(e++ing )i+ name'/ : am &riting to you, (ather+, becau+e you ha,e come to kno& 0recogni-e, be a&are o(, an un er+tan 1 )im "ho !ha+ e*i+te ' (rom the beginning/ : am &riting to you, young men, becau+e you ha,e been ,ictoriou+ o,er the &icke !one'/ :
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&rite to you, !3'boy+ 0.a +1, becau+e you ha,e come to kno& 0recogni-e an be a&are1 o( the Father/ : &rite to you, (ather+, becau+e you ha,e come to kno& 0recogni-e, be con+ciou+ o(, an un er+tan 1 )im "ho !ha+ e*i+te ' (rom the beginning/ : &rite to you, young men, becau+e you are +trong an ,igorou+, an the "or o( 8o i+ !a.&ay+' abi ing in you 0in your heart+1, an you ha,e been ,ictoriou+ o,er the &icke one/ Eo not .o,e or cheri+h the &or. or the thing+ that are in the &or. / :( anyone .o,e+ the &or. , .o,e (or the Father i+ not in him/ For a.. that i+ in the &or. BBthe .u+t o( the (.e+h !cra,ing (or +en+ua. grati(ication' an the .u+t o( the eye+ !gree y .onging+ o( the min ' an the pri e o( .i(e !a++urance in one@+ o&n re+ource+ or in the +tabi.ity o( earth.y thing+'BBthe+e o not come (rom the Father but are (rom the &or. !it+e.('/ $n the &or. pa++e+ a&ay an i+appear+, an &ith it the (orbi en cra,ing+ 0the pa++ionate e+ire+, the .u+t1 o( itD but he &ho oe+ the &i.. o( 8o an carrie+ out )i+ purpo+e+ in hi+ .i(e abi e+ 0remain+1 (ore,er/ 9oy+ 0.a +1, it i+ the .a+t time 0hour, the en o( thi+ age1/ $n a+ you ha,e hear that the antichri+t !he &ho &i.. oppo+e Chri+t in the gui+e o( Chri+t' i+ coming, e,en no& many antichri+t+ ha,e ari+en, &hich con(irm+ our be.ie( that it i+ the (ina. 0the en 1 time/ They &ent out (rom our number, but they i not !rea..y' be.ong to u+D (or i( they ha been o( u+, they &ou. ha,e remaine &ith u+/ 9ut !they &ith re&' that it might be p.ain that they a.. are not o( u+/ 9ut you ha,e been anointe by !you ho. a +acre appointment (rom, you ha,e been gi,en an unction (rom' the )o.y Ane, an you a.. kno& !the Truth' or you kno& a.. thing+/ : &rite to you not becau+e you are ignorant an o not percei,e an kno& the Truth, but becau+e you o percei,e an kno& it, an !kno& po+iti,e.y' that nothing (a.+e 0no eception, no .ie1 i+ o( the Truth/ "ho i+ !+uch a' .iar a+ he &ho enie+ that 5e+u+ i+ the Chri+t 0the 6e++iah1F )e i+ the antichri+t 0the antagoni+t o( Chri+t1, &ho !!.'habitua..y' enie+ an re(u+e+ to ackno&.e ge the Father an the 4on/ =o one &ho !!m'habitua..y' enie+ 0 i+o&n+1 the 4on !n'e,en ha+ the Father/ "hoe,er con(e++e+ 0ackno&.e ge+ an ha+1 the 4on ha+ the Father a.+o/ $+ (or you, keep in your heart+ &hat you ha,e hear (rom the beginning/ :( &hat you hear (rom the (ir+t &e..+ an remain+ in you, then you &i.. &e.. in the 4on an in the Father !a.&ay+'/
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$n thi+ i+ &hat )e )im+e.( ha+ promi+e u+BBthe .i(e, the eterna. !.i(e'/ ecei,e you !+e uce an

: &rite thi+ to you &ith re(erence to tho+e &ho &ou. .ea you a+tray'/
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9ut a+ (or you, the anointing 0the +acre appointment, the unction1 &hich you recei,e (rom )im abi e+ !!o'permanent.y' in youD !+o' then you ha,e no nee that anyone +hou. in+truct you/ 9ut 3u+t a+ )i+ anointing teache+ you concerning e,erything an i+ true an i+ no (a.+ehoo , +o you mu+t abi e in 0.i,e in, ne,er epart (rom1 )im !being !p'roote in )im, knit to )im', 3u+t a+ !)i+ anointing' ha+ taught you !to o'/ $n no&, .itt.e chi. ren, abi e 0.i,e, remain !C'permanent.y1 in )im, +o that &hen )e i+ ma e ,i+ib.e, &e may ha,e an en3oy per(ect con(i ence 0bo. ne++, a++urance1 an not be a+hame an +hrink (rom )im at )i+ coming/ :( you kno& 0percei,e an are +ure1 that )e !Chri+t' i+ !ab+o.ute.y' righteou+ !con(orming to the Father@+ &i.. in purpo+e, thought, an action', you may a.+o
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kno& 0be +ure1 that e,eryone &ho oe+ righteou+.y !an i+ there(ore in .ike manner con(orme to the i,ine &i..' i+ born 0begotten1 o( )im !!r'8o '/ Footnotes:

a. 1 5ohn 272 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ b. 1 5ohn 272 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ c. 1 5ohn 274 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon o( the =e& Te+tament/ d. 1 5ohn 276 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ e. 1 5ohn 277 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon o( the =e& Te+tament/ f. 1 5ohn 278 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ g. 1 5ohn 278 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ h. 1 5ohn 279 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon o( the =e& Te+tament/ i. 1 5ohn 2711 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon o( the =e& Te+tament/ j. 1 5ohn 2712 8/ $bbottB4mith, 6anua. 8reek Le*icon o( the =e& Te+tament/ k. 1 5ohn 2718 8/ $bbottB4mith, 6anua. 8reek Le*icon o( the =e& Te+tament/ l. 1 5ohn 2722 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ m. 1 5ohn 2722 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ n. 1 5ohn 2722 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ o. 1 5ohn 2727 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ p. 1 5ohn 2727 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ q. 1 5ohn 2728 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ r. 1 5ohn 2729 9rooke F/ "e+tcott, The #pi+t.e+ o( 4aint 5ohn7 "hen 5ohn
think+ o( 8o in re.ation to men, he ne,er think+ o( )im apart (rom Chri+t/

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4## ")$T !!a'an incre ib.e' Cua.ity o( .o,e the Father ha+ gi,en 0+ho&n, be+to&e on1 u+, that &e +hou. !be permitte to' be name an ca..e an counte the chi. ren o( 8o G $n +o &e areG The rea+on that the &or. oe+ not kno& 0recogni-e, ackno&.e ge1 u+ i+ that it oe+ not kno& 0recogni-e, ackno&.e ge1 )im/ 9e.o,e , &e are !e,en here an ' no& 8o @+ chi. renD it i+ not yet i+c.o+e 0ma e c.ear1 &hat &e +ha.. be !herea(ter', but &e kno& that &hen )e come+ an i+ mani(e+te , &e +ha.. !!b'a+ 8o @+ chi. ren' re+emb.e an be .ike )im, (or &e +ha.. +ee )im !c'3u+t a+ )e !rea..y' i+/
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$n e,eryone &ho ha+ thi+ hope !re+ting' on )im c.ean+e+ 0puri(ie+1 him+e.( 3u+t a+ )e i+ pure 0cha+te, un e(i.e , gui.t.e++1/ #,eryone &ho commit+ 0practice+1 +in i+ gui.ty o( .a&.e++ne++D (or !that i+ &hat' +in i+, .a&.e++ne++ 0the breaking, ,io.ating o( 8o @+ .a& by tran+gre++ion or neg.ectBBbeing unre+traine an unregu.ate by )i+ comman + an )i+ &i..1/ ?ou kno& that )e appeare in ,i+ib.e (orm an became 6an to take a&ay !upon )im+e.(' +in+, an in )im there i+ no +in !! 'e++entia..y an (ore,er'/ =o one &ho abi e+ in )im !&ho .i,e+ an remain+ !e'in communion &ith an in obe ience to )imBB e.iberate.y, kno&ing.y, an !('habitua..y' commit+ 0practice+1 +in/ =o one &ho !habitua..y' +in+ ha+ either +een or kno&n )im !recogni-e , percei,e , or un er+too )im, or ha+ ha an e*perientia. acCuaintance &ith )im'/ 9oy+ 0.a +1, .et no one ecei,e an .ea you a+tray/ )e &ho practice+ righteou+ne++ !&ho i+ upright, con(orming to the i,ine &i.. in purpo+e, thought, an action, .i,ing a con+i+tent.y con+cientiou+ .i(e' i+ righteou+, e,en a+ )e i+ righteou+/ !9ut' he &ho commit+ +in !&ho practice+ e,i. oing' i+ o( the e,i. !take+ hi+ character (rom the e,i. one', (or the e,i. ha+ +inne 0,io.ate the i,ine .a&1 (rom the beginning/ The rea+on the 4on o( 8o &a+ ma e mani(e+t 0,i+ib.e1 &a+ to un o 0 e+troy, .oo+en, an i++o.,e1 the &ork+ the e,i. !ha+ one'/ =o one born 0begotten1 o( 8o ! e.iberate.y, kno&ing.y, an !h'habitua..y' practice+ +in, (or 8o @+ nature abi e+ in him !)i+ princip.e o( .i(e, the i,ine +perm, remain+ permanent.y &ithin him'D an he cannot practice +inning becau+e he i+ born 0begotten1 o( 8o / 9y thi+ it i+ ma e c.ear &ho take their nature (rom 8o an are )i+ chi. ren an &ho take their nature (rom the e,i. an are hi+ chi. ren7 no one &ho oe+ not practice righteou+ne++ !&ho oe+ not con(orm to 8o @+ &i.. in purpo+e, thought, an action' i+ o( 8o D neither i+ anyone &ho oe+ not .o,e hi+ brother 0hi+ (e..o& !i' be.ie,er in Chri+t1/ For thi+ i+ the me++age 0the announcement1 &hich you ha,e hear (rom the (ir+t, that &e +hou. .o,e one another, !$n ' not be .ike Cain &ho !took hi+ nature an got hi+ moti,ation' (rom the e,i. one an +.e& hi+ brother/ $n &hy i he +.ay himF 9ecau+e hi+ ee + 0acti,itie+, &ork+1 &ere &icke an ma.iciou+ an hi+ brother@+ &ere righteou+ 0,irtuou+1/ Eo not be +urpri+e an &on er, brethren, that the &or. you &ith hatre /
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"e kno& that &e ha,e pa++e o,er out o( eath into Li(e by the (act that &e .o,e the brethren 0our (e..o& Chri+tian+1/ )e &ho oe+ not .o,e abi e+ 0remain+, i+ !3' he. an kept continua..y1 in !+piritua.' eath/ $nyone &ho hate+ 0abominate+, ete+t+1 hi+ brother !in Chri+t' i+ !at heart' a mur erer, an you kno& that no mur erer ha+ eterna. .i(e abi ing 0!k'per+e,ering1 &ithin him/ 9y thi+ &e come to kno& 0progre++i,e.y to recogni-e, to percei,e, to un er+tan 1 the !e++entia.' .o,e7 that )e .ai o&n )i+ !o&n' .i(e (or u+D an &e ought to .ay !our' .i,e+ o&n (or !tho+e &ho are our' brother+ !!.'in )im'/ 9ut i( anyone ha+ thi+ &or. @+ goo + 0re+ource+ (or +u+taining .i(e1 an +ee+ hi+ brother an !m'(e..o& be.ie,er in nee , yet c.o+e+ hi+ heart o( compa++ion again+t him, ho& can the .o,e o( 8o .i,e an remain in himF Litt.e chi. ren, .et u+ not .o,e !mere.y' in theory or in +peech but in ee an in truth 0in practice an in +incerity1/
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9y thi+ &e +ha.. come to kno& 0percei,e, recogni-e, an un er+tan 1 that &e are o( the Truth, an can rea++ure 0Cuiet, conci.iate, an paci(y1 our heart+ in )i+ pre+ence, "hene,er our heart+ in !!n'tormenting' +e.(Baccu+ation make u+ (ee. gui.ty an con emn u+/ !For !o'&e are in 8o @+ han +/' For )e i+ abo,e an greater than our con+cience+ 0our heart+1, an )e kno&+ 0percei,e+ an un er+tan +1 e,erything !nothing i+ hi en (rom )im'/ $n , be.o,e , i( our con+cience+ 0our heart+1 o not accu+e u+ !i( they o not make u+ (ee. gui.ty an con emn u+', &e ha,e con(i ence 0comp.ete a++urance an bo. ne++1 be(ore 8o , $n &e recei,e (rom )im &hate,er &e a+k, becau+e &e !!p'&atch(u..y' obey )i+ or er+ !ob+er,e )i+ +ugge+tion+ an in3unction+, (o..o& )i+ p.an (or u+' an !!C'habitua..y' practice &hat i+ p.ea+ing to )im/ $n thi+ i+ )i+ or er 0)i+ comman , )i+ in3unction17 that &e +hou. be.ie,e in 0put our (aith an tru+t in an a here to an re.y on1 the name o( )i+ 4on 5e+u+ Chri+t 0the 6e++iah1, an that &e +hou. .o,e one another, 3u+t a+ )e ha+ comman e u+/ $.. &ho keep )i+ comman ment+ !&ho obey )i+ or er+ an (o..o& )i+ p.an, .i,e an continue to .i,e, to +tay an ' abi e in )im, an )e in them/ !!r'They .et Chri+t be a home to them an they are the home o( Chri+t/' $n by thi+ &e kno& an un er+tan an ha,e the proo( that )e !rea..y' .i,e+ an make+ )i+ home in u+7 by the !)o.y' 4pirit "hom )e ha+ gi,en u+/ Footnotes:
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a. 1 5ohn 271 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ b. 1 5ohn 272 %obert 5amie+on, $/%/ Fau++et an Ea,i 9ro&n, $ Commentary
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c. 1 5ohn 272 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ d. 1 5ohn 275 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ e. 1 5ohn 276 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ f. 1 5ohn 276 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ g. 1 5ohn 277 8/ $bbottB4mith, 6anua. 8reek Le*icon/ h. 1 5ohn 279 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ i. 1 5ohn 271; 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ j. 1 5ohn 2714 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ k. 1 5ohn 2715 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ l. 1 5ohn 2716 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ m. 1 5ohn 2717 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ n. 1 5ohn 272; 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ o. 1 5ohn 272; 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ p. 1 5ohn 2722 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ q. 1 5ohn 2722 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ r. 1 5ohn 2724 9e e, a tran+.ator o( portion+ o( the 9ib.e (rom the Latin into
A. #ng.i+h/

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1 John 4
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9#LA<#E, EA not put (aith in e,ery +pirit, but pro,e 0te+t1 the +pirit+ to i+co,er &hether they procee (rom 8o D (or many (a.+e prophet+ ha,e gone (orth into the &or. / 9y thi+ you may kno& 0percei,e an recogni-e1 the 4pirit o( 8o 7 e,ery +pirit &hich ackno&.e ge+ an con(e++e+ !the (act' that 5e+u+ Chri+t 0the 6e++iah1 !actua..y' ha+ become man an ha+ come in the (.e+h i+ o( 8o !ha+ 8o (or it+ +ource'D $n e,ery +pirit &hich oe+ not ackno&.e ge an con(e++ that 5e+u+ Chri+t ha+ come in the (.e+h !but &ou. !a'annu., e+troy, !b'+e,er, i+unite )im' i+ not o( 8o ! oe+ not procee (rom )im'/ Thi+ !!c'noncon(e++ion' i+ the !+pirit' o( the antichri+t, !o(' &hich you hear that it &a+ coming, an no& it i+ a.rea y in the &or. / Litt.e chi. ren, you are o( 8o !you be.ong to )im' an ha,e !a.rea y' e(eate an o,ercome them !the agent+ o( the antichri+t', becau+e )e "ho .i,e+ in you i+ greater 0mightier1 than he &ho i+ in the &or. / They procee (rom the &or. an are o( the &or. D there(ore it i+ out o( the &or. !it+ ! '&ho.e economy mora..y con+i ere ' that they +peak, an the &or. .i+ten+ 0pay+ attention1 to them/ "e are !chi. ren' o( 8o / "hoe,er i+ .earning to kno& 8o !progre++i,e.y to percei,e, recogni-e, an un er+tan 8o by ob+er,ation an e*perience, an to !e' get an e,erBc.earer kno&.e ge o( )im' .i+ten+ to u+D an he &ho i+ not o( 8o oe+ not .i+ten or pay attention to u+/ 9y thi+ &e kno& 0recogni-e1 the 4pirit o( Truth an the +pirit o( error/ 9e.o,e , .et u+ .o,e one another, (or .o,e i+ 0+pring+1 (rom 8o D an he &ho .o,e+ !hi+ (e..o&men' i+ begotten 0born1 o( 8o an i+ coming !progre++i,e.y' to kno& an un er+tan 8o !to percei,e an recogni-e an get a better an c.earer kno&.e ge o( )im'/ )e &ho oe+ not .o,e ha+ not become acCuainte &ith 8o ! oe+ not an ne,er i kno& )im', (or 8o i+ .o,e/ :n thi+ the .o,e o( 8o &a+ ma e mani(e+t 0 i+p.aye 1 &here &e are concerne 7 in that 8o +ent )i+ 4on, the on.y begotten or !('uniCue !4on', into the &or. +o that &e might .i,e through )im/ :n thi+ i+ .o,e7 not that &e .o,e 8o , but that )e .o,e u+ an +ent )i+ 4on to be the propitiation 0the atoning +acri(ice1 (or our +in+/
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9e.o,e , i( 8o .o,e u+ +o !,ery much', &e a.+o ought to .o,e one another/

=o man ha+ at any time !yet' +een 8o / 9ut i( &e .o,e one another, 8o abi e+ 0.i,e+ an remain+1 in u+ an )i+ .o,e 0that .o,e &hich i+ e++entia..y )i+1 i+ brought to comp.etion 0to it+ (u.. maturity, run+ it+ (u.. cour+e, i+ per(ecte 1 in u+G 9y thi+ &e come to kno& 0percei,e, recogni-e, an un er+tan 1 that &e abi e 0.i,e an remain1 in )im an )e in u+7 becau+e )e ha+ gi,en 0imparte 1 to u+ o( )i+ !)o.y' 4pirit/
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$n !be+i e+' &e our+e.,e+ ha,e +een 0ha,e e.iberate.y an +tea (a+t.y contemp.ate 1 an bear &itne++ that the Father ha+ +ent the 4on !a+ the' 4a,ior o( the &or. / $nyone &ho con(e++e+ 0ackno&.e ge+, o&n+1 that 5e+u+ i+ the 4on o( 8o , 8o abi e+ 0.i,e+, make+ )i+ home1 in him an he !abi e+, .i,e+, make+ hi+ home' in 8o / $n &e kno& 0un er+tan , recogni-e, are con+ciou+ o(, by ob+er,ation an by e*perience1 an be.ie,e 0a here to an put (aith in an re.y on1 the .o,e 8o cheri+he+ (or u+/ 8o i+ .o,e, an he &ho &e..+ an continue+ in .o,e &e..+ an continue+ in 8o , an 8o &e..+ an continue+ in him/ :n thi+ !union an communion &ith )im' .o,e i+ brought to comp.etion an attain+ per(ection &ith u+, that &e may ha,e con(i ence (or the ay o( 3u gment !&ith a++urance an bo. ne++ to (ace )im', becau+e a+ )e i+, +o are &e in thi+ &or. / There i+ no (ear in .o,e ! rea oe+ not e*i+t', but (u..Bgro&n 0comp.ete, per(ect1 .o,e !g'turn+ (ear out o( oor+ an e*pe.+ e,ery trace o( terrorG For (ear !h' bring+ &ith it the thought o( puni+hment, an !+o' he &ho i+ a(rai ha+ not reache the (u.. maturity o( .o,e !i+ not yet gro&n into .o,e@+ comp.ete per(ection'/
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"e .o,e )im, becau+e )e (ir+t .o,e u+/

:( anyone +ay+, : .o,e 8o , an hate+ 0 ete+t+, abominate+1 hi+ brother !!i'in Chri+t', he i+ a .iarD (or he &ho oe+ not .o,e hi+ brother, &hom he ha+ +een, cannot .o,e 8o , "hom he ha+ not +een/ $n thi+ comman 0charge, or er, in3unction1 &e ha,e (rom )im7 that he &ho .o,e+ 8o +ha.. .o,e hi+ brother !!3'be.ie,er' a.+o/ Footnotes:
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a. 1 5ohn 472 $n ancient rea ing/ b. 1 5ohn 472 The Latin <u.gate/ c. 1 5ohn 472 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ d. 1 5ohn 475 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ e. 1 5ohn 476 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ f. 1 5ohn 479 5ame+ 6ou.ton an 8eorge 6i..igan, The <ocabu.ary o( the 8reek
Te+tament/

g. 1 5ohn 4718 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ h. 1 5ohn 4718 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ i. 1 5ohn 472; 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ j. 1 5ohn 4721 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/

1 John 5 (Amplified Bible) Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foun ation

1 John 5
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#<#%?A=# ")A be.ie,e+ 0a here+ to, tru+t+, an re.ie+ on the (act1 that 5e+u+ i+ the Chri+t 0the 6e++iah1 i+ a bornBagain chi. o( 8o D an e,eryone &ho .o,e+ the Father a.+o .o,e+ the one born o( )im 0)i+ o((+pring1/ 9y thi+ &e come to kno& 0recogni-e an un er+tan 1 that &e .o,e the chi. ren o( 8o 7 &hen &e .o,e 8o an obey )i+ comman + 0or er+, charge+1BB!&hen &e keep )i+ or inance+ an are min (u. o( )i+ precept+ an )i+ teaching'/ For the !true' .o,e o( 8o i+ thi+7 that &e o )i+ comman + !keep )i+ or inance+ an are min (u. o( )i+ precept+ an teaching'/ $n the+e or er+ o( )i+ are not irk+ome 0bur en+ome, oppre++i,e, or grie,ou+1/ For &hate,er i+ born o( 8o i+ ,ictoriou+ o,er the &or. D an thi+ i+ the ,ictory that conCuer+ the &or. , e,en our (aith/ "ho i+ it that i+ ,ictoriou+ o,er !that conCuer+' the &or. but he &ho be.ie,e+ that 5e+u+ i+ the 4on o( 8o !&ho a here+ to, tru+t+ in, an re.ie+ on that (act'F Thi+ i+ )e "ho came by 0&ith1 &ater an b.oo !!a')i+ bapti+m an )i+ eath', 5e+u+ Chri+t 0the 6e++iah1BBnot by 0in1 the &ater on.y, but by 0in1 the &ater an the b.oo / $n it i+ the !)o.y' 4pirit "ho bear+ &itne++, becau+e the !)o.y' 4pirit i+ the Truth/ 4o there are three &itne++e+ 4pirit, an the+e three are AneD
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in hea,en7 the Father, the "or an the )o.y

an there are three &itne++e+ on the earth7 the 4pirit, the &ater, an the b.oo D an the+e three agree !are in uni+onD their te+timony coinci e+'/ :( &e accept !a+ &e o' the te+timony o( men !i( &e are &i..ing to take human authority', the te+timony o( 8o i+ greater 0o( +tronger authority1, (or thi+ i+ the te+timony o( 8o , e,en the &itne++ &hich )e ha+ borne regar ing )i+ 4on/ )e &ho be.ie,e+ in the 4on o( 8o !&ho a here+ to, tru+t+ in, an re.ie+ on )im' ha+ the te+timony !po++e++e+ thi+ i,ine atte+tation' &ithin him+e.(/ )e &ho oe+ not be.ie,e 8o !in thi+ &ay' ha+ ma e )im out to be an repre+ente )im a+ a .iar, becau+e he ha+ not be.ie,e 0put hi+ (aith in, a here to, an re.ie on1 the e,i ence 0the te+timony1 that 8o ha+ borne regar ing )i+ 4on/ $n thi+ i+ that te+timony 0that e,i ence17 8o ga,e u+ eterna. .i(e, an thi+ .i(e i+ in )i+ 4on/
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8o
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)e &ho po++e++e+ the 4on ha+ that .i(eD he &ho oe+ not po++e++ the 4on o( oe+ not ha,e that .i(e/

: &rite thi+ to you &ho be.ie,e in 0a here to, tru+t in, an re.y on1 the name o( the 4on o( 8o !in !c'the pecu.iar +er,ice+ an b.e++ing+ con(erre by )im on men', +o that you may kno& !&ith +ett.e an ab+o.ute kno&.e ge' that you !a.rea y' ha,e .i(e, ! 'ye+, eterna. .i(e/ $n thi+ i+ the con(i ence 0the a++urance, the pri,i.ege o( bo. ne++1 &hich &e ha,e in )im7 !&e are +ure' that i( &e a+k anything 0make any reCue+t1 accor ing to )i+ &i.. 0in agreement &ith )i+ o&n p.an1, )e .i+ten+ to an hear+ u+/ $n i( 0+ince1 &e !po+iti,e.y' kno& that )e .i+ten+ to u+ in &hate,er &e a+k, &e a.+o kno& !&ith +ett.e an ab+o.ute kno&.e ge' that &e ha,e !grante u+ a+ our pre+ent po++e++ion+' the reCue+t+ ma e o( )im/ :( anyone +ee+ hi+ brother !be.ie,er' committing a +in that oe+ not !.ea to' eath 0the e*tingui+hing o( .i(e1, he &i.. pray an !8o ' &i.. gi,e him .i(e !ye+, )e &i.. grant .i(e to a.. tho+e &ho+e +in i+ not one .ea ing to eath'/ There i+ a +in !that .ea +' to eathD : o not +ay that one +hou. pray (or that/
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$.. &rong oing i+ +in, an there i+ +in &hich oe+ not !in,o.,e' eath !that may be repente o( an (orgi,en'/ "e kno& !ab+o.ute.y' that anyone born o( 8o oe+ not ! e.iberate.y an kno&ing.y' practice committing +in, but the Ane "ho &a+ begotten o( 8o care(u..y &atche+ o,er an protect+ him !Chri+t@+ i,ine pre+ence &ithin him pre+er,e+ him again+t the e,i.', an the &icke one oe+ not .ay ho. 0get a grip1 on him or touch !him'/ "e kno& !po+iti,e.y' that &e are o( 8o , an the &ho.e &or. !aroun u+' i+ un er the po&er o( the e,i. one/ $n &e !ha,e +een an ' kno& !po+iti,e.y' that the 4on o( 8o ha+ !actua..y' come to thi+ &or. an ha+ gi,en u+ un er+tan ing an in+ight !progre++i,e.y' to percei,e 0recogni-e1 an come to kno& better an more c.ear.y )im "ho i+ trueD an &e are in )im "ho i+ trueBBin )i+ 4on 5e+u+ Chri+t 0the 6e++iah1/ Thi+ !6an' i+ the true 8o an Li(e eterna./ Litt.e chi. ren, keep your+e.,e+ (rom i o.+ 0(a.+e go +1BB!(rom anything an e,erything that &ou. occupy the p.ace in your heart ue to 8o , (rom any +ort o( +ub+titute (or )im that &ou. take (ir+t p.ace in your .i(e'/ $men 0+o .et it be1/ Footnotes:
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a. 1 5ohn 576 6ar,in <incent, "or 4tu ie+/ b. 1 5ohn 577 The ita.ici-e +ection i+ (oun on.y in .ate manu+cript+/ c. 1 5ohn 5712 5o+eph Thayer, $ 8reekB#ng.i+h Le*icon/ d. 1 5ohn 5712 9rooke F/ "e+tcott, cite by 4peaker@+ Commentary/

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