Love for God and One Another

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but (A)test the spirits, whether they are of God; because (B)many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: (C)Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess [a]that Jesus [b]Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than (D)he who is in the world. (E)They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and (F)the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. (G)By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Knowing God Through Love(H)

(I)Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who (J)loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (K)In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten (L)Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, (M)not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son (N)to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, (O)if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Seeing God Through Love

12 (P)No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 (Q)By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And (R)we have seen and testify that (S)the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 (T)Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and (U)he who abides in love abides in God, and God (V)in him.

The Consummation of Love

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that (W)we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 (X)We love [c]Him because He first loved us.

Obedience by Faith

20 (Y)If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, [d]how can he love God (Z)whom he has not seen? 21 And (AA)this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Obedience by Faith

Whoever believes that (AB)Jesus is the Christ is (AC)born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and (AD)keep His commandments. (AE)For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And (AF)His commandments are not burdensome. For (AG)whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that (AH)has overcome the world—[e]our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but (AI)he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

The Certainty of God’s Witness

This is He who came (AJ)by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. (AK)And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness [f]in heaven: the Father, (AL)the Word, and the Holy Spirit; (AM)and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: (AN)the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

If we receive (AO)the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; (AP)for this is the witness of [g]God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God (AQ)has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God (AR)has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 (AS)He who has the Son has [h]life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, [i]and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

Confidence and Compassion in Prayer

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that (AT)if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and (AU)He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. (AV)There is sin leading to death. (AW)I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 (AX)All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

Knowing the True—Rejecting the False

18 We know that (AY)whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God (AZ)keeps[j] [k]himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

19 We know that we are of God, and (BA)the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

20 And we know that the (BB)Son of God has come and (BC)has given us an understanding, (BD)that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. (BE)This is the true God (BF)and eternal life.

21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.


  1. 1 John 4:3 NU omits that
  2. 1 John 4:3 NU omits Christ has come in the flesh
  3. 1 John 4:19 NU omits Him
  4. 1 John 4:20 NU he cannot
  5. 1 John 5:4 M your
  6. 1 John 5:7 NU, M omit the words from in heaven (v. 7) through on earth (v. 8). Only 4 or 5 very late mss. contain these words in Greek.
  7. 1 John 5:9 NU God, that
  8. 1 John 5:12 Or the life
  9. 1 John 5:13 NU omits the rest of v. 13.
  10. 1 John 5:18 guards
  11. 1 John 5:18 NU him

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