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Commentaries On The Catholic Epistles by Jean Calvin


1 My little children, I write these things to you, that you may not sin; but if any one sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous one:

2 And he is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

3 And by this we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments.

4 He who says, |I know him,| and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him:

5 But he who keeps his word, verily in him the love of God is perfected;

6 By this we know that we are in him. He who says that lie abides in him, ought also himself so to walk as he walked.

7 Brethren, no new commandment do I write to you, but an old commandment, which you have had from the beginning: the old commandment is the word which you have heard from the beginning.

8 Again, a new commandment do I write to you; which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light now shines.

9 He who says that he is in the light, and hates his brother, is still in darkness.

10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and to him there is no stumbling:

11 But lie who hates his brother, walks in darkness; and he knows not where he goeth, because darkness hath blinded his eyes.

12 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.

13 I write to you, fathers, because ye have known him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, children, because ye have known the Father.

14 I have written to you, fathers, because ye have known him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and ye have overcome the evil one.

15 Love not the world, nor the things which are in the world: if any one loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For whatever is in the world, (even the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,) is not from the Father, but from the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust of it; but he who doeth the will of God, abides for ever.

18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist is to come, even now there are many Antichrist is:

19 Hence we know that it is the last hour. From us have they gone out, but of us they were not, for had they been of us, they would surely have remained with us; but they have gone out, that they might be made manifest that they were not of us.

20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

21 I have not written to you, because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that everything false is not from the truth.

22 Who is a liar, but he who denies Jesus to be the Christ? He is an Antichrist, who denies the Father and the Son:

23 Every one who denies the Son hath not the Father.

24 Let, then, what you have heard from the beginning remain in you: if what you have heard from the beginning remain in you, ye shall also remain in the Son, and in the Father;

25 And this is the promise which he hath promised to us. even eternal life.

26 These things have I written to you respecting them who seduce you: but the unction which ye have received from him remains in you, so that ye have no need that any one should teach you;

27 But as the unction teaches you all things, and is truth, and is not a lie, and as it has taught you? so remain in him.

28 And now, little children, continue in him, that when lie shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed at his presence.

29 Since ye know that he is righteous, know ye that every one who doeth righteousness has been born of him.

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