1 John 4 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dear friends, don't believe all people who say that they have the Spirit. Instead, test them. See whether the spirit they have is from God, because there are many false prophets in 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 This is how you can recognize God's Spirit: Every person who declares that Jesus Christ has come as a human has the Spirit that is from 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 But every person who doesn't declare that Jesus Christ has come as a human has a spirit that isn't from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist that you have heard is coming. That spirit is already in the world. 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 Dear children, you belong to God. So you have won the victory over these people, because the one who is in you is greater than the one 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 These people belong to the world. That's why they speak the thoughts of the world, and the world listens 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 belong to God. The person who knows God listens to us. Whoever doesn't belong to God doesn't listen to us. That's how we can tell the Spirit of truth from the spirit of lies. 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 Dear friends, we must love each other because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows 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 The person who doesn't love doesn't know God, because God is love. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 God has shown us his love by sending his only Son into the world so that we could 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 This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment 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 Dear friends, if this is the way God loved us, we must also love each other. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is perfected 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 We know that we live in him and he lives in us because he has given us his Spirit. 13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14 We have seen and testify to the fact that the Father sent his Son as the Savior 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 God lives in those who declare that Jesus is the Son of God, and they live in God. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
16 We have known and believed that God loves us. God is love. Those who live in God's love live in God, and God lives in them. 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 God's love has reached its goal in us. So we look ahead with confidence to the day of judgment. While we are in this world, we are exactly like him [with regard to love]. 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 No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn't have perfect 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 love because God loved us first. 19 We love because he first loved us.
20 Whoever says, "I love God," but hates another believer is a liar. People who don't love other believers, whom they have seen, can't love God, whom they have 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 Christ has given us this commandment: The person who loves God must also love other believers. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.