1 John 4: Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits

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1 John 4
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Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
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By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
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and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus 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.
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You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
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They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
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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.
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Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
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He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
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In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
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In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
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Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
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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.
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By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
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And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
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Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
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And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
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Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
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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.
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We love Him because He first loved us.
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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, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
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And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

1 John 4:1-3

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world

1 John 4:1-3
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Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
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By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
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and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus 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.

  1. What are we not to believe?
    • 1 John 4:1
      Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
  2. What are we to do with the spirits (prophecies)?
    • 1 John 4:1
      Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
  3. Why must we do this?
    • 1 John 4:1
      Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
  4. If a Spirit is of God, what will they confess about Jesus?
    • 1 John 4:2
      By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
  5. If a Spirit is not of God, who are they not born of?
    • 1 John 4:3
      and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus 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.
  6. What is this the spirit of?
    • 1 John 4:3
      and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus 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.
  7. What spirit is already in the world?
    • 1 John 4:3
      and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus 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.

1 John 4:4-6

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world

1 John 4:4-6
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You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
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They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
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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.

  1. If you are of God, who have you overcome?
    • 1 John 4:4
      You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
  2. Why can we overcome them?
    • 1 John 4:4
      You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
  3. What are they of?
    • 1 John 4:5
      They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
  4. How do they speak?
    • 1 John 4:5
      They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
  5. Who hears them?
    • 1 John 4:5
      They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.
  6. Who was John of?
    • 1 John 4:6
      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. If a person know God, will they hear John?
    • 1 John 4:6
      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.
  8. Who will not hear John?
    • 1 John 4:6
      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.
  9. What do we know by this?
    • 1 John 4:6
      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.

1 John 4:7-11

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God

1 John 4:7-11
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Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
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He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
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In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
10
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
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Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

  1. Why are we to love one another?
    • 1 John 4:7
      Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
  2. Who is born of God?
    • 1 John 4:7
      Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
  3. Who is not of God?
    • 1 John 4:8
      He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
  4. What did God do, to manifest His love toward us?
    • 1 John 4:9
      In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
  5. Why did He do this?
    • 1 John 4:9
      In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
  6. What is this love in?
    • 1 John 4:10
      In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  7. Who is the propitiation (full payment) for our sins?
    • 1 John 4:10
      In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  8. Beloved, if God so loved us, what should we do?
    • 1 John 4:11
      Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:12-16

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him

1 John 4:12-16
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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.
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By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
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And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
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Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
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And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

  1. Who has seen god?
    • 1 John 4:12
      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.
  2. If we love one another, who abides in us?
    • 1 John 4:12
      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.
  3. What has been perfected in us?
    • 1 John 4:12
      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.
  4. How do we know that we abide in Him, and He in us?
    • 1 John 4:13
      By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
  5. What had John seen and testified of?
    • 1 John 4:14
      And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
  6. If a person confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, who abide in him?
    • 1 John 4:15
      Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
  7. Who does He abide in?
    • 1 John 4:15
      Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
  8. What have we known and believed?
    • 1 John 4:16
      And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
  9. What is God?
    • 1 John 4:16
      And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
  10. Who abides in God?
    • 1 John 4:16
      And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
  11. Who does God abide in?
    • 1 John 4:16
      And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:17-19

We love Him because He first loved us

1 John 4:17-19
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Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
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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.
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We love Him because He first loved us.

  1. Because we have boldness in the day of judgment, what does this show has been perfected among us?
    • 1 John 4:17
      Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
  2. How are we to be in this world?
    • 1 John 4:17
      Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
  3. Why is there no fear in love?
    • 1 John 4:18
      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.
  4. What does fear involve?
    • 1 John 4:18
      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.
  5. If a person fears, what has not happened?
    • 1 John 4:18
      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.
  6. Why do we love Him?
    • 1 John 4:19
      We love Him because He first loved us.

1 John 4:20-21

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, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

1 John 4:20-21
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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, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
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And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

  1. If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, what is he?
    • 1 John 4:20
      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, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
  2. If he does not love his brother whom he has seen, who can he not love?
    • 1 John 4:20
      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, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
  3. What commandment do we have from God?
    • 1 John 4:21
      And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.