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1 John 4

ESV 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. MSG 1 My dear friends, don't believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world. ESV 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, MSG 2 Here's how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ - the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person - comes from God and belongs to God. ESV 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. MSG 3 And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought! ESV 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. MSG 4 My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. ESV 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. MSG 5 These people belong to the Christ-denying world. They talk the world's language and the world eats it up. ESV 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. MSG 6 But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception. ESV 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. MSG 7 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. ESV 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. MSG 8 The person who refuses to love doesn't know the first thing about God, because God is love - so you can't know him if you don't love. ESV 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. MSG 9 This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. ESV 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. MSG 10 This is the kind of love we are talking about - not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they've done to our relationship with God. ESV 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. MSG 11 My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. ESV 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. MSG 12 No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us - perfect love! ESV 13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. MSG 13 This is how we know we're living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He's given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. ESV 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. MSG 14 Also, we've seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. ESV 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. MSG 15 Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God's Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. ESV 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. MSG 16 We know it so well, we've embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. ESV 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. MSG 17 This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we're free of worry on Judgment Day - our standing in the world is identical with Christ's. ESV 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. MSG 18 There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life - fear of death, fear of judgment - is one not yet fully formed in love. ESV 19 We love because he first loved us. MSG 19 We, though, are going to love - love and be loved. First we were loved, now we love. He loved us first. ESV 20 If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. MSG 20 If anyone boasts, "I love God," and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see? ESV 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. MSG 21 The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You've got to love both.

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