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not just by saying, “I am intimate with God,” but by walking in the footsteps of Jesus.

Beloved, I’m not writing a new commandment to you, but an old one that you had from the beginning, and you’ve already heard it.[a] Yet, in a sense, it is a new commandment,[b] as its truth is made manifest both in Christ and in you, because the darkness is disappearing and the true light is already blazing.[c]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 2:7 See John 13:34-35.
  2. 1 John 2:8 This commandment to love one another is both old and new. It is found in the Old Testament (Lev. 19:18), but it is made radically new and fresh by the teaching of Christ and its application through our lives.
  3. 1 John 2:8 See John 1:5, 9; 8:12. The true light is the revelation of God that shines through Christ. The Aramaic can be translated “The new commandment I write to you became realized in him [Christ] and is in you, destroying the darkness and revealing the light of truth anew.”

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