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love of God perfected : hereby know we that we

are in him.

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6. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also

so to walk, even as he walked.

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7. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you,

but an old commandment which ye had from the

beginning. The old commandment is the word

which ye have heard from the beginning.

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8. Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which

thing is true in him and in you : because the dark-

ness is past, and the true light now shineth. 140

9. He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his

brother, is in darkness even until now.

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10. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light,

and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 145

11. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and

walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he

goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his

eyes.

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12. I write unto you, little children, because

your

sins

are forgiven you for His name's sake.

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13. I write unto you, fathers, because ye

have known

Him that is from the beginning. I write unto

you, young men, because ye have overcome the

wicked one.

I write unto you, little children,

because ye have known the Father.

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14. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye

have

known Him that is from the beginning. I have

written unto you, young men, because ye are strong,

and the word of God abideth in you,

and

ye

have

overcome the wicked one.

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15. Love not the world, neither the things that are in

the world. If any man love the world, the love

of the Father is not in him.

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THE

FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF JOHN.

PRELIMINARY REMARKS.

The Scripture presents us with an important record in regard to the office of the Christian ministry. It is given of God, says the divinely-instructed Paul, “ for the perfecting of the saints, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come, in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.” And although these words undoubtedly express that the church, as a whole, is continually building up through the ministry of the word, so that one of the main offices of the preacher, is, through the Spirit's agency, “ to add unto the church daily such as shall be saved ; ” it is also true, that this text implies that the pastors given of God are occupied, not only in promoting the increase and perfection of the body, as of one great whole, but the growth of every part in particular; every individual believer's advancement in grace and knowledge being as much the care of these faithful men, as the first conversion of sinners to their God. Nor can we err in

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