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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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1 John 2:1

My little children (teknia mou).
Tender tone with this diminutive of teknon (child), again in 2:12; 3:18, but paidia in 2:14. John is now an old man and regards his readers as his little children. That attitude is illustrated in the story of his visit to the robber to win him to Christ.

That ye may not sin (ina mh amarthte).
Purpose (negative) clause with ina mh and the second aorist (ingressive, commit sin) active subjunctive of amartanw, to sin. John has no patience with professional perfectionists (1:8-10), but he has still less with loose-livers like some of the Gnostics who went to all sorts of excesses without shame.

If any man sin (ean tiv amarthi).
Third-class condition with ean and second aorist (ingressive) active subjunctive again, "if one commit sin."

We have (exomen).
Present active indicative of exw in the apodosis, a present reality like exomen in 2 Corinthians 5:1.

An advocate (paraklhton).
See on John 14:16,26; 15:26; 16:7 for this word, nowhere else in the N.T. The Holy Spirit is God's Advocate on earth with men, while Christ is man's Advocate with the Father (the idea, but not the word, in Romans 8:31-39; Hebrews 7:25). As dikaiov (righteous) Jesus is qualified to plead our case and to enter the Father's presence (Hebrews 2:18).


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The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Copyright © Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board)

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 John 2:1". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.


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