The First Epistle General of
The Saints gain fellowship with God by obedience—We must confess our sins to gain forgiveness.
1 aThat which was from the bbeginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the cWord of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and ashew unto you that beternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have aseen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our bfellowship is with the cFather, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things awrite we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is alight, and in him is no bdarkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and awalk in bdarkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we awalk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the bblood of Jesus Christ his Son ccleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have ano bsin, we cdeceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we aconfess our sins, he is faithful and bjust to cforgive us our sins, and to dcleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have anot sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.