The Message

1 John 1

11-2 From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in—we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly, this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us.

3-4 We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!

Walk in the Light

This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.

6-7 If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.

8-10 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

約翰一書 1

生命之道

1論到從太初就已經存在的生命之道,我們曾經耳聞目睹,親眼看過,親手摸過。 這生命曾顯現過,我們看見了,現在做見證,向你們傳揚這原本與父同在、曾向我們顯現的永恆生命。 我們把所見所聞傳給你們,使你們可以與我們相交。誠然,我們是與父和祂兒子耶穌基督相交。 我們將這些話寫給你們,是要讓大家都充滿喜樂。

要活在光中

我們從耶穌那裡聽見、現在傳給你們的信息就是:上帝是光,在祂裡面毫無黑暗。 如果我們說與祂相交,卻仍過著黑暗的生活,就是撒謊,沒有遵行真理。 如果我們生活在光明之中,像上帝在光明中一樣,就能夠彼此相交,上帝兒子耶穌的血能洗淨我們一切的罪。

如果我們說自己沒有罪,便是自欺,真理就不在我們心中。 如果我們承認自己的罪,上帝是信實公義的,必赦免我們的罪,洗淨我們一切的不義。 10 我們如果說自己沒有犯過罪,就是把上帝看作說謊的,祂的道也不在我們心中。