4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
4:3 and every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God: and this is the `spirit' of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already.
4:4 Ye are of God, `my' little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.
4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they `as' of the world, and the world heareth them.
4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he who is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.
4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
4:9 Herein was the love of God manifested in us, that God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might live through him.
4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son `to be' the propitiation for our sins.
4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
4:12 No man hath beheld God at any time: if we love one another, God abideth in us, and his love is perfected in us:
4:13 hereby we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
4:14 And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father hath sent the Son `to be' the Saviour of the world.
4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God.
4:16 And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him.
4:17 Herein is love made perfect with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, even so are we in this world.
4:18 There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.
4:19 We love, because he first loved us.
4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, cannot love God whom he hath not seen.
4:21 And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.