NASB — 1 John 4 — KJV

Testing the Spirits

1 aBeloved, do not believe every bspirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because cmany false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: aevery spirit that bconfesses that cJesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that adoes not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the [spirit] of the bantichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and cnow it is already in the world. 4 You are from God, alittle children, and bhave overcome them; because cgreater is He who is in you than dhe who is in the world. 5 aThey are from the world; therefore they speak [as] from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 aWe are from God; bhe who knows God listens to us; che who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know dthe spirit of truth and ethe spirit of error.

[1] a3 Jn 11 bJr 29:8; 1Co 12:10; 1Th 5:20f; 2Th 2:2 cJr 14:14; 2P 2:1; 1 Jn 2:18
[2] a1Co 12:3 b1 Jn 2:23 cJn 1:14; 1 Jn 1:2
[3] a1 Jn 2:22; 2 Jn 7 b1 Jn 2:18, 22 c2Th 2:3-7; 1 Jn 2:18
[4] a1 Jn 2:1 b1 Jn 2:13 cRo 8:31; 1 Jn 3:20 dJn 12:31
[5] aJn 15:19; 17:14, 16
[6] aJn 8:23; 1 Jn 4:4 bJn 8:47; 10:3ff; 18:37 c1Co 14:37 dJn 14:17 e1Ti 4:1

God Is Love

7aBeloved, let us blove one another, for love is from God; and ceveryone who loves is Idborn of God and eknows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for aGod is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested Iain us, that bGod has sent His IIonly begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, anot that we loved God, but that bHe loved us and sent His Son [to be] cthe propitiation for our sins. 11 aBeloved, if God so loved us, bwe also ought to love one another. 12 aNo one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His blove is perfected in us. 13 aBy this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and atestify that the Father has bsent the Son [to be] the Savior of the world.

[7] IOr begotten a1 Jn 2:7 b1 Jn 3:11 c1 Jn 5:1 d1 Jn 2:29 e1Co 8:3; 1 Jn 2:3
[8] a1 Jn 4:7, 16
[9] IOr in our case IIOr unique, only one of His kind aJn 9:3; 1 Jn 4:16 bJn 3:16f; 1 Jn 4:10; 5:11
[10] aRo 5:8, 10; 1 Jn 4:19 bJn 3:16f; 1 Jn 4:9; 5:11 c1 Jn 2:2
[11] a1 Jn 2:7 b1 Jn 4:7
[12] aJn 1:18; 1Ti 6:16; 1 Jn 4:20 b1 Jn 2:5; 4:17f
[13] aRo 8:9; 1 Jn 3:24
[14] aJn 15:27; 1 Jn 1:2 bJn 3:17; 4:42; 1 Jn 2:2

15aWhoever confesses that bJesus is the Son of God, God cabides in him, and he in God. 16 aWe have come to know and have believed the love which God has Ibfor us. cGod is love, and the one who dabides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, alove is perfected with us, so that we may have bconfidence in cthe day of judgment; because das He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but aperfect love casts out fear, because fear Iinvolves punishment, and the one who fears is not bperfected in love. 19 aWe love, because He first loved us. 20 aIf someone says, “I love God,” and bhates his brother, he is a cliar; for dthe one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, ecannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And athis commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God bshould love his brother also.

[15] a1 Jn 2:23 bRo 10:9; 1 Jn 3:23; 4:2; 5:1, 5 c1 Jn 2:24; 3:24
[16] ILit in aJn 6:69 bJn 9:3; 1 Jn 4:9 c1 Jn 4:7, 8 d1 Jn 4:12f
[17] a1 Jn 2:5; 4:12 b1 Jn 2:28 cMt 10:15 dJn 17:22; 1 Jn 2:6; 3:1, 7, 16
[18] ILit has aRo 8:15 b1 Jn 4:12
[19] a1 Jn 4:10
[20] a1 Jn 1:6, 8, 10; 2:4 b1 Jn 2:9, 11 c1 Jn 1:6 d1 Jn 3:17 e1P 1:8; 1 Jn 4:12
[21] aLv 19:18; Mt 5:43f; 22:37ff; Jn 13:34 b1 Jn 3:11


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He warneth them not to believe all teachers, who boast of the Spirit, but to try them by the rules of the catholick faith:

1 ¶ Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

[1] Dt 13:1; Pv 14:15; Jr 5:31; 29:8; Mt 7:15; 24:4, 5, 23; Mk 13:21; Lk 12:57; 21:8; Ac 17:11; 20:29; Ro 16:18, 19; 1Co 14:29; 1Th 5:21; 1Ti 4:1; 2Ti 3:13; 2P 2:1; 1Jn 2:18; 2Jn 1:7; Rv 2:2.
[2] Jn 1:14; 16:13; 1Co 12:3; 1Ti 3:16; 1Jn 4:3; 5:1.
[3] 2Th 2:7; 1Jn 2:18, 22; 2Jn 1:7.
[4] Jn 10:28; 12:31; 14:17, 30; 16:11; 17:23; Ro 8:10, 37; 1Co 2:12; 6:13; 2Co 4:4; 6:16; Ep 2:2; 3:17; 6:10, 12, 13; 1Jn 2:13; 3:9, 24; 4:6, 13, 16; 5:4, 19; Rv 12:11.
[5] Ps 17:4; Is 30:10; Jr 5:31; 29:8; Mi 2:11; Lk 16:8; Jn 3:31; 7:6; 8:23; 15:19; 17:14, 16; 2Ti 4:3; 2P 2:2; Rv 12:9.
[6] Is 8:20; 29:10; Ho 4:12; Mi 2:11; 3:8; Lk 10:22; Jn 8:19, 45; 10:27; 13:20; 14:17; 15:26; 18:37; 20:21; Ro 1:1; 11:8; 1Co 2:12; 14:37; 2Co 10:7; 2Th 1:8; 2:9; 2P 3:2; 1Jn 4:1, 4, 8; Jde 1:17.

and by many reasons exhorteth to brotherly love.

7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

[7] Dt 30:6; Jn 17:3; 2Co 4:6; Ga 4:9; 5:22; 1Th 4:9; 2Ti 1:7; 1P 1:22; 1Jn 2:10, 29; 3:10, 14; 4:8, 12, 20; 5:1.
[8] Ex 34:6; Ps 86:5, 15; Jn 8:54; 2Co 13:11; Ep 2:4; He 12:29; 1Jn 1:5; 2:4, 9; 3:6.
[9] Ps 2:7; Mk 12:6; Lk 4:18; Jn 1:14; 3:16, 18; 5:23; 6:29, 51, 57; 8:29, 42; 10:10, 28; 11:25; 14:6; Ro 5:8; 8:32; Col 3:3; He 1:5; 1Jn 3:16; 4:10; 5:11.
[10] Dt 7:7; Dn 9:24; Jn 15:16; Ro 3:25; 5:8; 8:29; 2Co 5:19; Ep 2:4; Tit 3:3; 1P 2:24; 3:18; 1Jn 2:2; 3:1; 4:8, 19.
[11] Mt 18:32; Lk 10:37; Jn 13:34; 15:12; 2Co 8:8; Ep 4:31; 5:1; Col 3:13; 1Jn 3:16, 23.
[12] Gn 32:30; Ex 33:20; Nu 12:8; Jn 1:18; 1Co 13:13; 1Ti 1:17; 6:16; He 11:27; 1Jn 2:5; 3:24; 4:6, 17, 20.
[13] Jn 14:20; Ro 8:9; 1Co 2:12; 3:16; 6:19; Ga 5:22; Ep 2:20; 1Jn 3:24; 4:15.
[14] Jn 1:14, 29; 3:11, 16, 32, 34; 4:42; 5:36, 39; 10:36; 12:47; 15:26; Ac 18:5; 1P 5:12; 1Jn 1:1; 2:1; 4:10; 5:9.
[15] Mt 10:32; Lk 12:8; Ro 10:9; Php 2:11; 1Jn 3:24; 4:2, 12; 5:1, 5; 2Jn 1:7.
[16] Ps 18:1; 31:19; 36:7; Is 64:4; 1Co 2:9; 1Jn 3:1, 16, 24; 4:8, 9, 12.
[17] Mt 10:15, 25; 11:22, 24; 12:36; Jn 15:20; Ro 8:29; He 12:2; Jm 2:13, 22; 1P 3:16; 4:1, 13; 2P 2:9; 3:7; 1Jn 2:5, 28; 3:3, 19; 4:12.
[18] Jb 15:21; Ps 73:19; 88:15; 119:120; Lk 1:74; Ro 8:15; 2Ti 1:7; He 12:28; Jm 2:19; 1Jn 4:12.
[19] Lk 7:47; Jn 3:16; 15:16; 2Co 5:14; Ga 5:22; Ep 2:3; Tit 3:3; 1Jn 4:10.
[20] 1Jn 2:4; 3:17; 4:12.
[21] Lv 19:18; Mt 22:37; Mk 12:29; Lk 10:37; Jn 13:34; 15:12; Ro 12:9; 13:9; Ga 5:6, 14; 1Th 4:9; 1P 3:8; 4:8; 1Jn 3:11, 14, 18, 23; 4:11.


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