1 John 4 New Matthew Bible (NMB)
Difference of spirits, and how the Spirit of God may be known from the spirit of error. Of the love of God and of our neighbours.
4 Ye beloveds, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God or not. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you may know the spirit that is of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is of God. 3 And every spirit which does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is not of God; and this is the spirit of Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he would come. And even now already he is in the world.
4 Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them. For greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world, and therefore what they say is of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God, hears us. He who is not of God, does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
7 Beloveds, let us love one another. For love comes of God. And every one who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love, does not know God. For God is love.
9 In this did the love of God for us appear: that God sent his only begotten Son into the world so that we may live through him. 10 Herein is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloveds, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we dwell in him, and he in us – because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son, who is the Saviour of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, in him dwells God, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has to us.
God is love, and he who dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. 17 In this is the love made perfect in us, so that we may have trust in the day of judgment. For as he is, even so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear. For fear has painfulness. He who fears is not perfect in love.
19 We love him because he first loved us. 20 If a person says, I love God, and yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For how can he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from him: that he who loves God, should love his brother also.
1 John 4 New International Version (NIV)
On Denying the Incarnation
4 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 not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard 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[a] 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 one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: 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 them and they 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 them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.