1 John 4

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 You* know the Spirit of God in this. Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh, is not from God and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you* have heard, that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 4 You* are from God, my little, children and have overcome them, because greater is he who is in you* than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; because of this they speak as from the world and the world hears them. 6 We are from God. He who knows God, hears us; he who is not from God does not hear us. We know from this, {F} the spirit of the truth and the spirit of the deceit.

7 Beloved, we should love* one another, because love* is from God, and everyone who loves* has been born from God and knows God. 8 He who does not love*, does not know God, because God is love*. 9 In this, the love* of God was manifested in us, that God has sent his only begotten Son into the world in order that we might live through him. 10 In this is love*, not that we loved* God, but that he loved* us and sent his Son to be the atonement on behalf of our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved* us, we also ought to love* one another. 12 No one has seen God at anytime; if we love* one another, God is abiding in us and his love* is completed in us. 13 We know in this that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given to us from his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and are testifying that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God. 16 And we have known and have believed the love* which God has in us. God is love*, and he who abides in love* abides in God and God abides in him. 17 In this, love* has been completed with us, in order that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because just, as that man is complete, we are also complete in this world. 18 There is no fear in love*, but mature love* casts out the fear, because the fear has punishment, and he who fears has not been matured in love*. 19 We love* him, because he loved* us first. 20 If anyone say, I love* God and then should hate his brother, he is a liar; for* he who does not love* his brother, whom he has seen, how is he able to love* God, whom he has not seen? 21 And we have this commandment from him, in order that he who loves* God should also love* his brother.



{Footnotes: 1Jn 4: 6, or: the Spirit of the Truth and the Spirit of the Deceit. A contrast, God vs. the Adversary. }



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