What spirits are of God, and what not. We must love one another,
because God has loved us.
1 Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether
they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 By this is the spirit of God known: every spirit which confesseth Jesus
Christ to have come in the flesh, is of God:
3 And every spirit, that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God, and this is antichrist,
of whom you have heard that he cometh, and he is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome him, because greater
is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 *They are of the world: therefore of the world they speak, and the world
6 We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us: He that is not of God,
heareth us not: by this we know the Spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Dearly beloved, let us love one another: for charity is of God. And every
one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity.
9 *By this hath appeared the charity of God in us, because God hath sent
his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live by him.
10 In this is charity: not as if we had loved God, but because he hath
first loved us, and sent his Son a propitiation for our sins.
11 Dearly beloved, if God hath so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 *No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abideth
in us, and his charity is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in him, and he in us: because he hath
given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father hath sent his Son,
the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in
him, and he in God.
16 And we have known, and have believed the charity, which God hath to
us. God is charity: and he that abideth in charity, abideth in God, and God in him.
17 In this is the charity of God perfected with us, that we may have confidence
in the day of judgment: because as he is, we also are in this world.
18 Fear is not in charity: but perfect charity casteth out fear; because
fear hath pain: and he that feareth is not perfect in charity.
19 Let us, therefore, love God, because God first hath loved us.
20 If any man say, I love God, and hateth his brother; he is a liar. For
he that loveth not his brother whom he seeth, how can he love God, whom he seeth not?
21 *And this commandment we have from God, that he who loveth God, love
also his brother.
5: John viii. 47.
9: John iii. 16.
12: John i. 18.; 1 Timothy vi. 16.
21: John xiii. 34. and xv. 12.; Ephesians v. 2.