Those advanced believers, who know Him that was from the beginning, before this world was made, may well be led thereby to give up this world. (M), 7 Dear friends,(N) I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. (BE), 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. (AM) 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh,(AN) the lust of the eyes,(AO) and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. (S), 9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[b](T) is still in the darkness. Where spiritual darkness dwells, in mind, the judgment, and the conscience will be darkened, and will mistake the way to heavenly life. Let this prophecy that seducers would rise in the Christian world, keep us from being seduced. (Y) They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. 1 John chapter 2 should be a wake up call for all of us who are either undecided about Jesus or who are living in sin and yet claim to know Him. 2 My dear children,(A) I write this to you so that you will not sin. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 2 z He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but a also for the sins of the whole world. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command;(P) its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing(Q) and the true light(R) is already shining. 26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. My little children--The diminutive expresses the tender affection of an aged pastor and spiritual father. The gospel, when rightly understood and received, sets the heart against all sin, and stops the allowed practice of it; at the same time it gives blessed relief to the wounded consciences of those who have sinned.3-11 What knowledge of Christ can that be, which sees not that he is most worthy of our entire obedience? 18 Dear children, this is the last hour;(AR) and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming,(AS) even now many antichrists have come. with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. Whoever knows Him will strive to obey Him; no, not perfectly, but they will be living, reading, and obeying His Word. because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. God's grace in him attains its true mark, and produces its sovereign effect as far as may be in this world, and this is man's regeneration; though never absolutely perfect here. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 22 Who is the liar? But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. While we judge favourably of all who trust in Christ as the Divine Saviour, and obey his word, and seek to live in union with them, let us pity and pray for those who deny the Godhead of Christ, or his atonement, and the new-creating work of the Holy Ghost. (AE), 14 I write to you, dear children,(AF) because you know the Father.I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. By the word of God they overcome the wicked one.15-17 The things of the world may be desired and possessed for the uses and purposes which God intended, and they are to be used by his grace, and to his glory; but believers must not seek or value them for those purposes to which sin abuses them. 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers Christian love teaches us to value our brother's soul, and to dread every thing hurtful to his purity and peace. It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. 17 The world and its desires pass away,(AP) but whoever does the will of God(AQ) lives forever. And a disobedient life shows there is neither religion nor honesty in the professor. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. My own dear children, that is, And, &c.--connected with the former; Furthermore, \"if any man sin,\" let him, while loathing and condemning it, not fear to go at once to God, the Judge, confessing it, for \"we have an Advocate with Him.\" He is speaking of a BELIEVER'S occasional sins of infirmity through Satan's fraud and malice. Children in Christ know that God is their Father; it is wisdom. (BB), 24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning(BC) remains in you. Learn More About New International Version. He alone is "the Righteous One," who received his nature pure from sin, and as our Surety perfectly obeyed the law of God, and so fulfilled all righteousness. And this is what he promised us—eternal life. The great and most hurtful lies that the father of lies spreads in the world, usually are falsehoods and errors relating to the person of Christ. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. The things of the world are classed according to the three ruling inclinations of depraved nature. 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. (AG)I write to you, young men, because you are strong,(AH) and the word of God(AI) lives in you,(AJ) and you have overcome the evil one.(AK). Those of the longest standing in Christ's school need further advice and instruction. 12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. The church knows not well who are its true members, and who are not, but thus true Christians were proved, and rendered more watchful and humble. The new spiritual nature is from the Lord Christ. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. The love of God shall never fail.