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1 John 4 (Today's New International Version)

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On Denying the Incarnation

1 Dear friends,1 do not believe every spirit,2 but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.3 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh4 is from God,5 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist,6 which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.7 4 You, dear children,8 are from God and have overcome them,9 because the one who is in you10 is greater than the one who is in the world.11 5 They are from the world12 and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us.13 This is how we recognize the Spirita of truth14 and the spirit of falsehood.15

God's Love and Ours

7 Dear friends, let us love one another,16 for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God17 and knows God.18 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.19 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son20 into the world that we might live through him.21 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us22 and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.23 11 Dear friends,24 since God so loved us,25 we also ought to love one another.26 12 No one has ever seen God;27 but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.28 13 This is how we know29 that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.30 14 And we have seen and testify31 that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.32 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,33 God lives in them and they in God.34 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.35 Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.36 17 This is how love is made complete37 among us so that we will have confidence38 on the day of judgment:39 In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,40 because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love because he first loved us.41 20 If we say we love God yet hate a brother or sister,42 we are liars.43 For if we do not love a fellow believer, whom we have seen,44 we cannot love God, whom we have not seen.45 21 And he has given us this command:46 Those who love God must also love one another.47
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