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The First Epistle of John the Apostle

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1John 4

1Beloved, stop believing [or, trusting] every spirit, but be testing the spirits [to see] if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this is known the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses Jesus Christ [as] having come in [the] flesh is of God. 3And every spirit which does not confess Jesus Christ [as] having come in [the] flesh is not from God, and this is the [spirit] of the antichrist which you* heard that it is coming and now is already in the world.

4You* are from God, little children, and you* have overcome them, because greater is the One in you* than the one in the world! 5They are from the world; for this reason, they speak [as] from the world, and the world hears them. 6We are from God. The one knowing God hears us; [the one] who is not of God does not hear us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deception [or, error].

7Beloved, let us be loving one another, because love is from God, and every one loving has been begotten from God and knows God. 8The one not loving did not know [or, come to know] God, because God is love [fig., is as to His essence love]. 9By this was the love of God revealed in us, because God has sent His only-begotten [or, unique] Son into the world, so that we should live through Him. 10In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son [as] a propitiation [or, appeasing sacrifice] concerning our sins! 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to be loving one another.

12No one has seen God at any time. If we shall be loving one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given to us of His Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son [as] Savior of the world! [cp. John 3:16] 15Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16And we have known [or, have come to know] and have believed [or, have been convinced of] the love which God has in us. God is love, and the one abiding in that love abides in God, and God abides in him.

17By this, love has been perfected [or, completed] with us, so that we shall be having confidence [or, a joyful sense of freedom] in the day of the judgment, because just as that One is, [so] also we are in this world. 18[There] is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. But the one fearing has not been perfected in love. 19We love Him, because He first loved us.

20If anyone shall say [or, claim], “I love God,” and shall be hating his brother, he is a liar; for the one not loving his brother whom he has seen, how is he able to be loving God whom he has not seen? 21And this [is] the commandment we have from Him, that the one loving God should also be loving his brother.

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.dtl.org).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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