Prologue: Our Declaration
1What was from the beginning, #Jn 1:11Jn 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 119:25Jn 1:1|NoBook| 5:24Php 2:16 of life —
2that life was revealed, #Jn 1:31|NoBook| 21:1Col 3:41Pt 5:41Jn 2:28|NoBook| 3:5
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 have fellowship #Php 3:10 along with us;
and indeed our fellowship is with the Father #Mt 11:27
and with His Son Jesus Christ.
4We are writing these things # Other mss add to you
so that our # Other mss read your joy #2Co 2:3Php 1:4|NoBook| 2:18 may be complete.
Fellowship with God
5Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, #Ps 27:1|NoBook| 36:9Jn 12:461Tm 6:16 and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. #1Jn 2:5 6If we say, “We have fellowship #2Co 8:4 with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, #Pr 2:13Is 9:2|NoBook| 50:10Jn 8:12|NoBook| 12:351Jn 2:11 we are lying and are not practicing # Or not living according to the truth. #Jn 14:62Co 11:103Jn 3 7But if we walk in the light #Eph 5:8-14Col 1:12-14Php 2:151Th 5:5 as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus #Heb 10:19|NoBook| 12:241Pt 1:2Rv 1:5 His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say, “We have no sin,” #Pr 20:9Jr 2:35Rm 3:9-23Jms 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 103:3Jr 31:34Mt 9:6|NoBook| 26:28Col 1:14Jms 5:15 us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word #Lk 8:21Heb 4:12 is not in us. #Jn 8:37
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