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1 John 4 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 My loved ones, do not put your faith in every spirit, but put them to the test, to see if they are from God: because a great number of false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 By this you may have knowledge of the Spirit of God: every spirit which says that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God: 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
3 And every spirit which does not say this is not from God: this is the spirit of Antichrist, of which you have had word; and it is in the world even now. 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
4 You are of God, my little children, and you have overcome them because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
5 They are of the world, so their talk is the world's talk, and the world gives ear to them. 5 They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.
6 We are of God: he who has the knowledge of God gives ear to us; he who is not of God does not give ear to us. By this we may see which is the true spirit, and which is the spirit of error. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
7 My loved ones, let us have love for one another: because love is of God, and everyone who has love is a child of God and has knowledge of God. 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
8 He who has no love has no knowledge of God, because God is love. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 And the love of God was made clear to us when he sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
10 And this is love, not that we had love for God, but that he had love for us, and sent his Son to be an offering for our sins. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
11 My loved ones, if God had such love for us, it is right for us to have love for one another. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No man has ever seen God: if we have love for one another, God is in us and his love is made complete in us: 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 And his Spirit which he has given us is the witness that we are in him and he is in us. 13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and give witness that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Everyone who says openly that Jesus is the Son of God, has God in him and is in God. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
16 And we have seen and had faith in the love which God has for us. God is love, and everyone who has love is in God, and God is in him. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
17 In this way love is made complete in us, so that we may be without fear on the day of judging, because as he is, so are we in this world. 17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.
18 There is no fear in love: true love has no room for fear, because where fear is, there is pain; and he who is not free from fear is not complete in love. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We have the power of loving, because he first had love for us. 19 We love because he first loved us.
20 If a man says, I have love for God, and has hate for his brother, his words are false: for how is the man who has no love for his brother whom he has seen, able to have love for God whom he has not seen? 20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
21 And this is the word which we have from him, that he who has love for God is to have the same love for his brother. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.