4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God: because many false prophets have gone
out into the world.
4:2 By this ye know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that
confesseth that Jesus Christ hath come in the flesh, is from
4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh, is not from God. And this is that [spirit]
of antichrist, of which ye have heard that it should come; and
even now already it is in the world.
4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
4:5 They are of the world: therefore they speak from the world,
and the world heareth them.
4:6 We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us; he that is
not of God, heareth not us. By this we know the spirit of
truth, and the spirit of error.
4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is from God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
4:8 He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.
4:9 In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because
that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we
might live through him.
4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved
us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one
4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another,
God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
4:13 By this we know that we dwell in him, and he in us, because
he hath given us of his Spirit.
4:14 And we have seen and do testify, that the Father sent the
Son [to be] the Savior of the world.
4:15 Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God
dwelleth in him, and he in God.
4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to
us. God is love: and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God,
and God in him.
4:17 In this is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness
in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this
4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out
fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth, is not made
perfect in love.
4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
4:20 If a man sayeth, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is
a liar. For he that loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen,
how can he love God, whom he hath not seen?
4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth
God, love his brother also.