First Epistle of John Chapter Two

2:1 My humble children, I write these things to you so you will not transgress. But if anybody transgresses, we have the advocate of the Creator, the devoted one, Jesus the Anointed of God [Messiah, Christ].
2:2 And he provides for the forgiveness of our transgressions, and not just for ours – but for those of the entire universe.
2:3 We know that we have come to know him if we follow his instructions.
2:4 One who says he knows him but doesn’t follow his instructions is being dishonest and the Truth is not with him.
2:5 But those who hold on to his teachings, love of God truly becomes perfected. By this we know we are with him.
2:6 Whoever claims to abide with him should live in the same way he lived.
2:7 Dear friends, I am not writing you with a new instruction, but an old instruction, which you have had from the start: The old instruction is the wisdom that you have heard.
2:8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
2:9 On the other hand, I write you with a new instruction, which is truthful with him and you since the darkness will pass away and the genuine light is shining.
2:10 One who loves his brother dwells in the light and nothing can cause him to stumble.
2:11 But one who hates his brother dwells and walks in darkness and knows not where he is going because the darkness has blinded him.
2:12 I write to you dear children because your transgressions have been forgiven on account of His Name.
2:13 I write to you, fathers, because you know Him – the Source of everything. I write to you, young men, because you have conquered wickedness.
I have written to you, children, because you know the Creator.
2:14 I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him – the Source of everything. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the Teachings of God dwell within you, and you have conquered wickedness.
2:15 Don’t love the material world nor the things in the material world. For one who loves the material world, the love for the Creator is not within them.
2:16 For everything in the material world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the life of boastful pride – is not from the Creator but is from the material world.
2:17 The material world passes away along with its desires – but one who does what is pleasing to God lives forever eternally.
2:18 Children, it is late in our lifetimes, and as you have heard, the opposer of God becomes known just as many opposers of God have become known. From this we know that it is late in our lifetimes.
2:19 They arose from us but they were not really of us, because if they had been of us, they would have remained with us. But they departed so that it would become known that they are not with us.
2:20 But you received the anointing from the Holy One, and you all understand.
2:21 I write you not because you don’t know the Truth – for you know it and because no falsehood is from the Truth.
2:22 A liar is one who denies that Jesus is the Anointed of God [Messiah, Christ]. This is an opposer of God – one who denies the Creator and the Representative.
2:23 One who denies the Representative doesn’t hold onto the Creator: One who proclaims the Representative holds onto the Creator as well.
2:24 As for you – let what you heard from the start abide with you. If what you heard from the start abides with you, you will also abide with the Representative and in the Creator.
2:25 This is the promise that He made to us – eternal life.
2:26 I have written these things to you about those who try to deceive you.
2:27 For you, the anointing that you received from Him abides with you and you have no need for anyone to instruct you except as His anointing instructs you about everything. This is true and not a falsehood. And just as it teaches you, you abide with Him.
2:28 Now dear children, abide with Him so that when He becomes known we may be bold and unashamed when in His presence.
2:29 If you understand His devotion you know that everyone who also practices devotion is born from Him.