THE FIRST EPISTLE
1 1Behold what manner of 2alove the 3Father has given to us, that we should be called 4bchildren of God; and we are. 5Because of this the world does not 6know us, 7because it did not cknow Him.
2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and 1it has not yet been manifested what we will be. We 2know that if 3He is amanifested, we will be blike Him because we will 4csee Him even as 3He is.
3 And everyone who has 1this ahope set on Him 2bpurifies himself, even as 3cHe is pure.
4 Everyone who 1apractices sin practices 2lawlessness also, and bsin is lawlessness.
5 And you know that He was amanifested that He might 1take away bsins; and sin is not in 2Him.
6 Everyone who 1aabides in Him 2bdoes not sin; everyone who 3sins 4has cnot seen Him or dknown Him.
7 1Little children, let no one 2alead you astray; he who 3bpractices righteousness is 4crighteous, even as He is drighteous;
8 He who 1apractices sin is of the 2bdevil, because the devil has 1sinned 3from the beginning. 4For this purpose the Son of God was cmanifested, that He might 5ddestroy the works of the devil.
9 Everyone who has been 1begotten of God does 2not practice sin, because His 3aseed babides in him; and he 4cannot sin, because he has been begotten of God.
10 1In this the achildren of God and the bchildren of the devil are manifest. Everyone who does not cpractice righteousness is not of God, neither he who ddoes not 2love his brother.
B. To Practice the Divine Love
1. By the Divine Life (as the Divine Seed)
and the Divine Spirit
11 For this is the 1message which you aheard 2from the beginning, that we should 3blove one another,
12 Not as aCain was 1of the 2bevil one and cslew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's, drighteous.
13 Do not marvel, brothers, if the 1world ahates you.
14 We know that we have apassed out of 1death into life because we blove the brothers. He who cdoes 2not love abides in death.
15 Everyone who 1ahates his brother is a 2bmurderer, and you know that no murderer has ceternal life abiding in him.
16 In this we know love, that aHe blaid down His 1life on our behalf, and we ought to clay down our 2lives on behalf of the brothers.
17 But whoever has the livelihood of the world and sees that his brother has aneed and bshuts up his 1affections from him, how does the 2clove of God abide in him?
18 1Little children, let us not alove in word nor in tongue but in 2deed and 3btruthfulness.
19 And in this we will know that we are of the 1truth, and we will 2persuade our heart before Him,
20 Because if our 1heart ablames us, it is because God is bgreater than our heart and cknows all things.
21 Beloved, if our aheart does not blame us, we have 1bboldness ctoward God;
22 And 1whatever we aask we receive from Him because we 2bkeep His commandments and 3do the things that are cpleasing in His sight.
23 And this is His 1acommandment, that we bbelieve in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and clove one another, even as He gave a commandment to us.
24 And he who akeeps His commandments 1babides cin Him, and 2He in him. And in this we know that He abides in us, 3by the 4dSpirit whom He gave to us.