1 John 2:1-14, “1My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
3We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
7Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining…”
John’s letter uses the words “we know” sixteen times in various verses and more than once in some of them. In 1st John 2, We know that 1.) we have come to know Him if we obey Him, 2.) we know we are in Him if we obey Him and His love is made complete in us, and 3.) we know it is the last hour as many antichrists have come. If we are light, then the antichrists are like those flashlights with pumpkin faces projecting from them. Sure, we may see a smile, but there has to be some darkness to create that shape.