The Epistle of John the Legate – Chapter 2
1 My children, these things I write to you, that ye sin not.
But if any one should sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus the Messiah, the righteous.
2 For he is himself the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for all the world.
3 And by this we shall be sensible that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 For he that saith, I know him, and doth not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But he that keepeth his word, in him is the love of God truly completed:
for by this we know that we are in him.
6 He that saith, I am in him, is bound to walk according to his walkings.
7 My beloved, I write no new commandment to you, but the old commandment which ye had from the beginning; and the old commandment is the word, which ye have heard.
8 Again, a renewed commandment I write to you, which is true in him and in you; because the darkness hath passed away, and the true light beginneth to appear.
9 Whoever therefore shall say that he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness until now.
10 He that loveth his brother, abideth in the light, and in him is no stumbling.
11 But he that hateth his brother, is in darkness, and walketh in darkness; and he knoweth not whither he goeth, because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.
12 I write to you, ye children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.
13 I write to you, ye fathers, because ye have known him who existed from the beginning. I write to you, ye young men, because ye have vanquished the evil one.
14 I have written to you, ye little ones, because ye have known the Father.
I have written to you, ye fathers, because ye have known him who [was] from the beginning, I have written to you, ye young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God dwelleth in you, and ye have vanquished the evil one.
15 Love not the world, nor any thing in it; for whoever loveth the world, hath not the love of the Father in him.
16 For all that is in the world, is, the lust of the body, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of the world; which are not from the Father, but from the world itself.
17 And the world is passing away, [both] it and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the pleasure of God, abideth for ever.
18 My children, it is the latter time; and as ye have heard that a false Messiah was to arise, so there are now many false Messiahs; and from this we know that it is the latter time.
19 From us they went out, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us: but they went out from us, that so it might be known, that they were not of us.
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy [One]; and ye discriminate every person.
21 I have not written to you, because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and because no falsehood is of the truth.
22 Who is false, but he that denieth that Jesus is the Messiah ?
And that person is a false Messiah.
He that denieth the Father, denieth also the Son.
23 And he that denieth the Son, also believeth not the Father.
He that confesseth the Son, confesseth also the Father.
24 And what ye heard from the first, let that remain with you.
For if that, which ye heard from the first, remaineth with you, ye also will remain in the Father and in the Son.
25 And this is the promise, which he hath promised us, [even] life eternal.
26 And these things I have written to you, on account of those who seduce you.
27 And ye also, if the unction which ye have received from him remaineth in you, need not that any one should teach you; but as that unction is from God, it teacheth you all things; and it is true, and no falsehood is in it.
And as it hath taught you, remain ye in him.
28 And now, my children, remain ye in him; that so, when he shall be manifested, we may not be ashamed before him, but may have an open countenance at his coming.
29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye also know, that whoever doeth righteousness, is from him.