I John 4

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I John 4

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1. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2. By this test you can know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.

3. And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not from God. And this is the spirit of antichrist, which you heard was to come, and even now it is already in the world.

4. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because greater is He Who is in you than the one who is in the world.

5. They are of the world; because of this, they speak of the world, and the world listens to them.

6. We are of God; the one who knows God listens to us; the one who is not of God does not listen to us. By this means we know the Spirit of the truth and the spirit of the deception.

7. Beloved, we should love one another because love is from God; and everyone who loves has been begotten by God, and knows God.

8. The one who does not love does not know God because God is love.

9. In this way the love of God was manifested toward us: that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.

10. In this act is the loveā€”not that we loved God; rather, that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also are duty-bound to love one another.

12. No one has seen God at any time. Yet, if we love one another, God dwells in us, and His own love is perfected in us.

13. By this standard we know that we are dwelling in Him, and He is dwelling in us: because of His own Spirit, which He has given to us.

14. And we have seen for ourselves and bear witness that the Father sent the Son as the Savior of the world.

15. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.

16. And we have known and have believed the love that God has toward us. God is love, and the one who dwells in love is dwelling in God, and God in him.

17. By this spiritual indwelling, the love of God is perfected within us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment because even as He is, so also are we in this world.

18. There is no fear in the love of God; rather, perfect love casts out fear because fear has torment. And the one who fears has not been made perfect in the love of God.

19. We love Him because He loved us first.

20. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if he does not love his brother whom he has seen, how is he able to love God Whom he has not seen?

21. And this is the commandment that we have from Him: that the one who loves God should also love his brother.

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