1 John 4:1-9 NAS

Testing the Spirits

1 1Beloved, do not believe every 2spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because 3many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 By this you know the Spirit of God: 4every spirit that 5confesses that 6Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;

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3 and every spirit that 7does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the 8antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and 9now it is already in the world.

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4 You are from God, 10little children, and 11have overcome them; because 12greater is He who is in you than 13he who is in the world.

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5 14They are from the world; therefore * they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.

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6 15We are from God; 16he who knows God listens to us; 17he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know 18the spirit of truth and 19the spirit of error.

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God Is Love

7 20Beloved, let us 21love one another, for love is from God; and 22everyone who loves is a23born of God and 24knows God.

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8 The one who does not love does not know God, for 25God is love.

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9 By this the love of God was manifested b26in us, that 27God has sent His conly begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

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    • { 4:9 - Or "in our case"
    • | 4:9 - Or "unique," only one of His kind