1 John 4:1-3

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;
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.

1 John 4:1-3 In-Context

1 Beloved, 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 know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;
3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
5 They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.
6 We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

Cross References 9

  • 1. 3 John 11
  • 2. Jeremiah 29:8; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:2
  • 3. Jeremiah 14:14; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 2:18
  • 4. 1 Corinthians 12:3
  • 5. 1 John 2:23
  • 6. John 1:14; 1 John 1:2
  • 7. 1 John 2:22; 2 John 7
  • 8. 1 John 2:18, 22
  • 9. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-7; 1 John 2:18
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