Bible: 1 Jo 4

Testing the Spirits

4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, 1  but test 2  the spirits 3  to determine 4  if they are from God, because many false prophets 5  have gone out into the world. 4:2 By this 6  you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses 7  Jesus as the Christ 8  who has come in the flesh is from God, 4:3 but 9  every spirit that does not confess 10  Jesus 11  is not from God, and this is the spirit 12  of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now is already in the world.

4:4 You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, 13  because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 4:5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world’s perspective and the world listens to them. 4:6 We are from God; the person who knows God listens to us, but 14  whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this 15  we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit. 16 

God is Love

4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because 17  love is from God, and everyone who loves 18  has been fathered 19  by God and knows God. 4:8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 20  4:9 By this 21  the love of God 22  is revealed in us: 23  that God has sent his one and only 24  Son into the world so that we may live through him. 4:10 In this 25  is love: not that 26  we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice 27  for our sins.

4:11 Dear friends, if God so loved us, then 28  we also ought to love one another. 29  4:12 No one has seen God at any time. 30  If we love one another, God resides 31  in us, and his love is perfected in us. 32  4:13 By this 33  we know that we reside in God 34  and he in us: in that he has given us of his Spirit. 35  4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior 36  of the world.

4:15 If anyone 37  confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides 38  in him and he in God. 4:16 And we have come to know and to believe 39  the love that God has in us. 40  God is love, and the one who resides 41  in love resides in God, and God resides in him. 4:17 By this 42  love is perfected with 43  us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because just as Jesus 44  is, so also are we in this world. 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. 45  The 46  one who fears punishment 47  has not been perfected in love. 4:19 We love 48  because he loved us first.

4:20 If anyone says 49 I love Godand yet 50  hates his fellow Christian, 51  he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian 52  whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 53  4:21 And the commandment we have from him is this: that 54  the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian 55  too.

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