Prologue: Our Declaration
1What was from the beginning,#Jn 1:1; 1Jn 2:13–14 what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the word#Ps 119:25; Jn 1:1,4; 5:24; Php 2:16 of life — 2that life was revealed,#Jn 1:31; 21:1,14; Col 3:4; 1Pt 5:4; 1Jn 2:28; 3:5,8 and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us#1Jn 5:20 — 3what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may also have fellowship#Php 3:10 with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father#Mt 11:27 and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4We are writing these things#1:4 Other mss add to you so that our#1:4 Other mss read your joy#2Co 2:3; Php 1:4,25; 2:18 may be complete.
Fellowship with God
5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light,#Ps 27:1; 36:9; Jn 12:46; 1Tm 6:16 and there is absolutely no darkness in him.#1Jn 2:5 6If we say, “We have fellowship#2Co 8:4 with him,” and yet we walk in darkness,#Pr 2:13; Is 9:2; 50:10; Jn 8:12; 12:35; 1Jn 2:11 we are lying and are not practicing the truth.#Jn 14:6; 2Co 11:10; 3Jn 3 7If we walk in the light#Eph 5:8–14; Php 2:15; Col 1:12–14; 1Th 5:5 as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus#Heb 10:19; 12:24; 1Pt 1:2,19; Rv 1:5 his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say, “We have no sin,”#Pr 20:9; Jr 2:35; Rm 3:9–23; Jms 3:2 we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive#Ps 103:3; Jr 31:34; Mt 9:6; 26:28; Col 1:14; Jms 5:15 us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make him a liar, and his word#Lk 8:21; Heb 4:12 is not in us.#Jn 8:37