John, Apostle and Evangelist
1 John 1:1-2:2 (NRSV)
declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we
have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our
hands, concerning the word of life -- this life was revealed, and we
have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that
was with the Father and was revealed to us -- we declare to you what we
have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and
truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you,
that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say
that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we
lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he
himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the
blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have
no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we
confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not
sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you
may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for
our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole