1 John 4


Distinguish the Spirits

1Beloved, [2not 3every 4spirit 1believe], but distinguish the spirits, if [2of 3God 1they are]! for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. 2By this you know the spirit of God -- every spirit which acknowledges Jesus Christ [2in 3flesh 1having come 5of 6God 4is]. 3And every spirit which does not acknowledge Jesus Christ [2in 3flesh 1having come 5of 6God 4is not]. And this is the thing of the antichrist, which you heard that it comes, and [2now 3in 4the 5world 1is] already. 4You [2of 3God 1are], sons, and have overcome them; for greater is the one in you, than the one in the world. 5They [2of 3the 4world 1are]; because of this [2of 3the 4world 1they speak], and the world hears them. 6We [2of 3God 1are]; the one knowing God, hears us; the one who is not of God, does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of the truth and the spirit of the delusion.

Love One Another

7Beloved, we should love one another, for love [2of 3God 1is]; and every one loving [2of 3God 1is engendered], and knows God. 8The one not loving does not know God, for God is love. 9In this was made manifest the love of God in us, that his son, the only born, God sent into the world, that we should live through him. 10In this is the love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his son as an atonement for our sins. 11Beloved, if thus God loved us, also we ought [2one another 1to love]. 12[3God 1No one 4at any time 2has seen]. If we should love one another, God [2in 3us 1abides], and his love has been perfected in us. 13By this we know that in him we abide, and he in us -- that of the spirit of him he has given to us. 14And we have seen, and we bear witness that the father has sent the son as deliverer of the world. 15Who ever should acknowledge that Jesus is the son of God, God [2in 3him 1abides], and he in God. 16And we have known and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love; and the one abiding in the love, [2in 3God 1abides], and God in him. 17In this [3has been perfected 1the 2love] with us, that [2confidence 1we should have] in the day of the judgment; for as that one is, also we are in this world. 18Fear is not in the love, but the perfect love [3outside 1casts 2fear]; for fear [2punishment 1holds], and the one fearing has not been made perfect in love. 19We love him, for he first loved us. 20If anyone should say that, I love God, and [2his brother 1should detest], he is a liar. For the one not loving his brother, whom he has seen, [4God 5whom 6he has not 7seen 1how 2is he able 3to love]? 21And this commandment we have from him, that the one loving God, should love also his brother.
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