Christ Our Advocate
1 My children, in writing thus to you my purpose is that you should not commit sin. But should anyone commit a sin, we have one to plead our cause with the Father, Jesus Christ, and he is just. 2 He is himself the remedy for the defilement of our sins, not our sins only but the sins of all the world.
3 Here is the test by which we can make sure that we know him: do we keep his commands? 4 The man who says, 'I know him', while he disobeys his commands, is a liar and a stranger to the truth; 5 but in the man who is obedient to his word, the divine love has indeed come to its perfection. Here is the test by which we can make sure that we are in him:
Here is the test by which we can make sure that we are in him:6 whoever claims to be dwelling in him, binds himself to live as Christ himself lived.
The New Commandment 7 Dear friends, I give you no new command. It is the old command which you always had before you; the old command is the message which you heard at the beginning. 8 And yet again it is a new command that I am giving you - new in the sense that the darkness is passing and the real light already shines. Christ has made this true, and it is true in your own experience.
9 A man may say, 'I am in the light'; but if he hates his brother, he is still in the dark. 10 Only the man who loves his brother dwells in light: there is nothing to make him stumble. 11 But one who hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in the dark and has no idea where he is going, because the darkness has made him blind.
I write to you, young men,
because you have mastered the evil one.
To you, children, I have written
because you know the Father.
To you, young men, I have written
because you are strong;
God's word is in you, and you have mastered the evil one.
15 Do not set your hearts on the godless world or anything in it. Anyone who loves the world is a stranger to the Father's love. 16 Everything the world affords, all that panders to the appetites, or entices the eyes, all the glamour of its life, springs not from the Father but from the godless world. 17 And that world is passing away with all its allurements, but he who does God's will stands for evermore.
18 MY CHILDREN, this is the last hour!
You were is told that Antichrist was to come, and now many antichrists have appeared; which proves to us that this is indeed the last hour. 19 They went out from our company, but never really belonged to us; if they had, they would have stayed with us. They went out, so that it might be clear that not all in our company truly belong to it.
20 You, no less than they, are among the initiated; this is the gift of the Holy One, and by it you all have knowledge. 21 It is not because you are ignorant of the truth that I have written to you, but because you know it, and because lies, one and all, are alien to the truth.
22 Who is the liar? Who but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist, for he denies both the Father and the Son: 23 to deny the Son is to be without the Father; to acknowledge the Son is to have the Father too. 24 You therefore must keep in your hearts that which you heard at the beginning; if what you heard then still dwells in you, you will yourselves dwell in the Son and also in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he himself gave us, the promise of eternal life.
26 So much for those who would mislead you. 27 But as for you, the initiation which you received from him stays with you; you need no other teacher, but learn all you need to know from his initiation, which is real and no illusion. As he taught you, then, dwell in him.
Children of God
28 Even now, my children, dwell in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you must recognize that every man who does right is his child.
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