1Beloved,believenoteveryspirit,buttry the spiritswhether they areofGod:becausemany false prophets are gone outinto the world.2Herebyknowye the Spirit of God:Everyspirit that confesseth that JesusChrist is comein the fleshisofGod:3Andeveryspiritthatconfessethnot that JesusChrist is comein the fleshisnotofGod:andthisis that spirit of antichrist,whereof ye have heardthat it should come ; and evennowalready is itin the world.4YeareofGod, little children,and have overcomethem:becausegreater is he that isinyou,than he that is in the world.5Theyareof the world:thereforespeaktheyof the world,and the worldheareththem.6WeareofGod: he that knowethGodhearethus; he thatisnotofGodhearethnotus.Herebyknowwe the spirit of truth,and the spirit of error.7Beloved, let us love one another:forloveisofGod;and every one that loveth is bornaofGod,andknowethGod.8
He that lovethnotknowethnotGod;forGodislove.9Inthis was manifested the love of Godtowardus,because that Godsenthis only begottenSoninto the world,that we might livethroughhim.10Hereinislove,notthatwelovedGod,butthathelovedus,andsenthisSon to be the propitiationforoursins.11Beloved,ifGodsolovedus,weoughtalso to love one another.12
No man hath seenGod at any time.If we love one another,Goddwellethinus,andhisloveisperfectedinus.13Herebyknowwethat we dwellinhim,andheinus,because he hath givenusofhisSpirit.14Andwe have seenand do testifythat the Fathersent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.15WhosoevershallconfessthatJesusis the Son of God,Goddwellethinhim,andheinGod.16Andwe have knownandbelieved the lovethatGodhathtous.Godislove;and he that dwellethinlovedwellethinGod,andGodinhim.17Hereinisourloveb made perfect , that we may haveboldnessin the day of judgment:becauseasheis , soareweinthisworld.18
There isnofearinlove;butperfectlovecastethoutfear:becausefearhathtorment . He that fearethisnot made perfectinlove.19Welovehim,becausehefirstlovedus.20If a mansay , I loveGod,andhatethhisbrother, he is a liar:for he that lovethnothisbrotherwhom he hath seen , howcan he loveGodwhom he hathnotseen ?
21Andthiscommandment have wefromhim,That he who lovethGodlovehisbrotheralso.