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1 John 4 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Test the Spirits

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:1 - Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:2 - By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:3 - and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:4 - Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:5 - They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:6 - We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

God Is Love

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:7 - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:8 - Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:9 - In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:10 - In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:11 - Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:12 - No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:13 - By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:14 - And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:15 - Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:16 - So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:17 - By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:18 - There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:19 - We love because he first loved us.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:20 - If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[fn] love God whom he has not seen.

Unchecked Copy Box1Jo 4:21 - And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
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