Test The Spirits
Dear Friends, 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 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God:
Every spirit that acknowledges
That Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
3 But every spirit that does does not acknowledge Jesus
IS NOT FROM GOD.
THIS IS THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST,
Which you have head is coming
And even now is already in the World.
4 You dear Children, are from God
And have Overcome them,
BECAUSE THE ONE WHO IS IN YOU
IS GREATER THAN THE ONE WHO IS IN THE WORLD.
5 They are from the World
And therefore speak from the Viewpoint of the World,
And the World listens to them.
6 WE ARE FROM GOD,
AND WHOEVER KNOWS GOD LISTENS TO US;
BUT WHOEVER IS NOT FROM GOD DOES NOT LISTEN TO US.
THIS IS HOW WE RECOGNIZE THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH
AND THE SPIRIT OF FALSEHOOD.
God's Love And Ours
7 Dear Friends, let us love one another,
FOR LOVE COMES FROM GOD.
EVERYONE WHO LOVES HAS BEEN BORN OF GOD AND KNOWS GOD.
8 Whoever does not love does not know God,
BECAUSE GOD IS LOVE.
9 This is how God showed His love among us:
He sent His One and only Son into the World
THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM.
10 THIS IS LOVE:
Not that we loved God,
But that He loved us and sent His Son
AS AN ATONING SACRIFICE FOR OUR SINS.
11 Dear Friends, since God so loved us,
We also ought to love one another.
12 NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN GOD;
But if we love each other,
GOD LIVES IN US
AND HIS LOVE IS MADE COMPLETE IN US.
13 WE KNOW THAT WE LIVE IN HIM AND HE IN US,
BECAUSE HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT.
14 And we have seen and Testify
That the Father has sent His Son
TO BE THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.
15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
GOD LIVES IN HIM AND HE IN GOD.
16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
GOD IS LOVE,
WHOEVER LIVES IN LOVE LIVES IN GOD, AND GOD IN HIM.
17 Love is made complete among us
So that we will have Confidence
ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT,
Because in this World we are like Him.
THERE IS NO FEAR IN LOVE.
BECAUSE PERFECT LOVE DRIVES OUT FEAR,
Because Fear has to do with Punishment.
THE MAN WHO FEARS IS NOT MADE PREFECT IN LOVE.
19 We love because He first loved us.
20 If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet Hates his brother,
HE IS A LIAR.
For anyone who does not love his brother,
Whom he has seen,
Cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
21 AND HE HAS GIVEN US THIS COMMAND:
WHOEVER LOVES GOD MUST ALSO LOVE HIS BROTHER.
(1 John 4)