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Testing the Spirits

1 Beloved, R168 do not believe every spirit, R169 but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many R170 false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every R171 spirit that confesses R172 that Jesus R173 Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does R174 not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, R175 of which you have heard that it is coming, and now R176 it is already in the world. 4 You are from God, little R177 children, and have R178 overcome them; because greater R179 is He who is in you than he R180 who is in the world. 5 They R181 are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We R182 are from God; he R183 who knows God listens to us; he R184 who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the R185 spirit of truth and the R186 spirit of error.

God Is Love

7 Beloved, R187 let us love R188 one another, for love is from God; and everyone R189 who loves is born R190 F25 of God and knows R191 God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God R192 is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in R193 F26 us, that God R194 has sent His only F27 begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not R195 that we loved God, but that He R196 loved us and sent His Son to be the R197 propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, R198 if God so loved us, we R199 also ought to love one another. 12 No R200 one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love R201 is perfected in us. 13 By R202 this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify R203 that the Father has sent R204 the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 Whoever R205 confesses that Jesus R206 is the Son of God, God abides R207 in him, and he in God. 16 We R208 have come to know and have believed the love which God has for R209 F28 us. God R210 is love, and the one who abides R211 in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love R212 is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence R213 in the R214 day of judgment; because as R215 He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect R216 love casts out fear, because fear involves F29 punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected R217 in love. 19 We R218 love, because He first loved us. 20 If R219 someone says, "I love God," and hates R220 his brother, he is a liar; R221 for the R222 one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot R223 love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this R224 commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should R225 love his brother also.


FOOTNOTES:
F25: Or begotten
F26: Or in our case
F27: Or unique, only one of His kind
F28: Lit in
F29: Lit has

CROSS REFERENCES:
R168: 3 John 1:11
R169: Jeremiah 29:8; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:20f; 2 Thessalonians 2:2
R170: Jeremiah 14:14; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 2:18
R171: 1 Corinthians 12:3
R172: 1 John 2:23
R173: John 1:14; 1 John 1:2
R174: 1 John 2:22; 2 John 1:7
R175: 1 John 2:18,22
R176: 2 Thessalonians 2:3-7; 1 John 2:18
R177: 1 John 2:1
R178: 1 John 2:13
R179: Romans 8:31; 1 John 3:20
R180: John 12:31
R181: John 15:19; 17:14,16
R182: John 8:23; 1 John 4:4
R183: John 8:47; 10:3ff; 18:37
R184: 1 Corinthians 14:37
R185: John 14:17
R186: 1 Timothy 4:1
R187: 1 John 2:7
R188: 1 John 3:11
R189: 1 John 5:1
R190: 1 John 2:29
R191: 1 Corinthians 8:3; 1 John 2:3
R192: 1 John 4:7,16
R193: John 9:3; 1 John 4:16
R194: John 3:16f; 1 John 4:10; 5:11
R195: Romans 5:8,10; 1 John 4:19
R196: John 3:16f; 1 John 4:9; 5:11
R197: 1 John 2:2
R198: 1 John 2:7
R199: 1 John 4:7
R200: John 1:18; 1 Timothy 6:16; 1 John 4:20
R201: 1 John 2:5; 4:17f
R202: Romans 8:9; 1 John 3:24
R203: John 15:27; 1 John 1:2
R204: John 3:17; 4:42; 1 John 2:2
R205: 1 John 2:23
R206: Romans 10:9; 1 John 3:23; 4:2; 5:1,5
R207: 1 John 2:24; 3:24
R208: John 6:69
R209: John 9:3; 1 John 4:9
R210: 1 John 4:7,8
R211: 1 John 4:12f
R212: 1 John 2:5; 4:12
R213: 1 John 2:28
R214: Matthew 10:15
R215: John 17:22; 1 John 2:6; 3:1,7,16
R216: Romans 8:15
R217: 1 John 4:12
R218: 1 John 4:10
R219: 1 John 1:6,8,10; 2:4
R220: 1 John 2:9,11
R221: 1 John 1:6
R222: 1 John 3:17
R223: 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 4:12
R224: Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 5:43f; 22:37ff; John 13:34
R225: 1 John 3:11

 
 

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