We can be sure that we know him because we keep his commandments. If someone says, “I know God,” but doesn’t keep his commandments, that man’s a liar – the truth isn’t in him. But if anyone obeys his word, the love of God’s fulfilled in him. That’s how we know we’re living in him. And whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you – it’s an old one which you’ve had since the beginning. This old commandment tells you what you already know. But I’m writing it again, because its truth is seen in him and in you, for the darkness is fading and the true light’s already shining.
If anyone claims that he’s living in the light, but hates his brother, that man is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves his brother is living in the light and there’s nothing to make him stumble. But anyone who hates his brother is in the dark. He doesn’t know where he’s going because he can’t see the way.
I’m writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven because of the name.
I’m writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.
I’m writing to you, young men, because you’ve overcome the evil one.
Actually, I’ve written to you, dear children, because you know the Father.
And I’ve written to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.
Yes, I’ve written to you, young men, because you’re strong; the word of God lives in you and you’ve overcome the evil one.
Don’t get too attached to the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father isn’t in him. For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father, but from the world. The world and its desires are fading away, but whoever does the will of God lives for ever.
Dear children, this is the final hour and, as you know, the antichrist is coming. Actually, many antichrists are already here – that’s how we know that this is the final hour. Some people have left us, but they never really belonged with us, otherwise they would have stayed. By leaving, they proved that they didn’t belong with us.
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know the truth. So I’m not writing to you because you don’t know the truth, but because you do know it – and you also know that no lie comes from the truth. But who is it that tells lies? It’s whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. A person like that is an antichrist – denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. But whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
As for you, let what you heard at the beginning remain in you. If it does, you’ll remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us – eternal life.
I’m writing these things to warn you about those people who want to lead you astray. But the anointing you’ve received from him remains in you, and you don’t need anyone to teach you, because his anointing teaches you about everything. And that anointing is real – it’s not a lie. So, just as it has taught you, remain in him.