The First Epistle of
What was from [the] beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and our hands handled, concerning the Word of the life—and the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and declare to you* the eternal life, which was with the Father and was revealed to us—what we have seen and have heard we declare to you*, so that you* also shall be having fellowship with us, and indeed our fellowship [is] with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you*, so that our joy shall have been made full.
And this is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you*, that God is light [fig., is as to His essence light], and in Him [there] is no darkness at all. If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” and are walking about [fig., conducting ourselves] in the darkness [i.e., in falsehood and unrighteousness], we are lying and are not doing the truth. But if we are walking about in the light [i.e., in truth and righteousness], as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses [or, purges] us from all sin.
If we claim, “We do not have sin,” we lead ourselves astray [fig., deceive ourselves], and the truth is not in us. If we are confessing our sins, He is faithful [or, trustworthy] and righteous that He shall forgive us our sins and cleanse [or, purge] us from all unrighteousness. If we claim, “We have not sinned,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
My little children [or, My dear children], I am writing these things to you* so that you* do not sin. And if anyone does sin, we have a Counselor [or, an Advocate] with the Father, Jesus Christ, [the] righteous. And He is [the] propitiation [or, appeasing sacrifice] concerning our sins, but not concerning ours only, but also concerning the whole world’s!
And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we are keeping His commandments. The one claiming, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever is keeping His word, in this one the love of God has truly been perfected; by this we know that we are in Him. The one claiming to be abiding in Him just as that [One] walked ought also in the same manner himself to be walking.
Brothers [and sisters], I am not writing a new commandment to you*, but an old commandment which you* were having from the beginning—the old commandment is the word which you* heard from [the] beginning. Again, I am writing a new commandment to you*, which is true in Him and in you*, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.
Gary F. Zeolla is the director of Darkness to Light. This ministry addresses Christian theology, defense of the faith, cults, ethics, and many other issues. Research for these topics and Zeolla’s own Bible studies led to his Scripture Workbook: For Personal Bible Study and Teaching the Bible.
Also addressed is the subject of Bible versions. This research led to Zeolla’s book Differences Between Bible Versions and his Analytical-Literal Translation of the New T e s t ament.
Zeolla also directs Fitness for One and All, which is dedicated to helping people attain their health, fitness, and performance goals. His efforts in this area and his love of the Bible led to his book Creationist Diet:
Nutrition and God-given Foods According to the Bible.