1We tell you now about something that has existed (lived) since before the world began: This we heard, we saw with our own eyes, we watched, we touched with our hands. We write to you about the Word ˻(Christ)˼ that gives life. 2That Life was shown to us. We saw it. We can give proof about it. Now we tell you about that Life. It is Life that continues forever. This is the Life that was with God the Father. God showed this Life to us. 3Now we tell you the things that we have seen and heard. Why? Because we want you to have fellowship together with us. The fellowship we share together is with God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. 4We write these things to you so that you can be full of joy with us. 5We heard the true teaching from God. Now we tell it to you: God is light ˻(goodness)˼. In God there is no darkness ˻(sin)˼. 6So if we say that we have fellowship with God, but we continue living in darkness ˻(sin)˼, then we are liars—we don’t follow the truth. 7God is in the light ˻(goodness)˼. We should live in the light, too. If we live in the light, then we share fellowship with each other. And when we live in the light, the blood ˻(death)˼ of Jesus cleanses us from all sin. ˻(Jesus is God’s Son.)˼ 8If we say that we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9But if we confess ˻(admit)˼ our sins, then God will forgive our sins. We can trust God to do this. God does what is right. God will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done. 10If we say that we have not sinned, then we are saying that God is a liar—we don’t accept God’s true teaching.
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