THE FIRST EPISTLE
2. By the Proving of the Spirits
1 Beloved, do anot believe 1every bspirit, but 2cprove 1the spirits whether they are 3of God, because many 4dfalse prophets have egone out into the world.
2 In this you know the aSpirit of God: Every 1spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come 2in the bflesh is of God,
3 And every 1spirit which does anot confess Jesus is not of God; and this is the spirit of the 2antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming and now is already in the world.
4 You are 1of God, 2little children; and you have aovercome 3them because bgreater is 4He who is cin you than 5he who is in the dworld.
5 They are 1of the aworld; therefore they speak 1out of the world, and the world hears them.
6 We are 1aof God; he who knows God bhears us; he who is 2not of God does not hear us. 3From this we know the 4Spirit of 5truth and the 4cspirit of deception.
3. By God (as the Supreme Love)
and the Bountiful Spirit
7 Beloved, let us 1alove one another, because 2love is of God, and everyone who 3loves has been 4bbegotten of God and 5knows God.
8 He who adoes not love has 1not bknown God, because God is 2clove.
9 In this the alove of God was manifested 1among us, that God bsent His conly begotten Son into the 2world that we might 3have life and dlive through Him.
10 1Herein is alove, not that we have bloved God but that He cloved us and sent His Son as a 2propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God has loved us in this way, we also ought to 1alove one another.
12 No one has 1abeheld God at any time; if we 2love one another, God abides in us, and 3His love is 4bperfected in us.
13 In 1this we know that we 2aabide in Him and He in us, that He has given to us 3of His Spirit.
14 And we have abeheld and btestify that the Father has 1csent the Son as the dSavior of the 2world.
15 Whoever 1aconfesses that Jesus is the bSon of God, God cabides in him and he in God.
16 And we know and have abelieved the 1love which God has 2in us. God is 3love, and he who 4abides in love 5abides in God and 6God abides in him.
17 In 1this has love been 2perfected with us, that we may have 3boldness in the day of the 4judgment because even as 5He is, so also are we in this world.
18 There is no 1afear in love, but 2perfect love casts out fear because fear has punishment, and he who fears has 3not been perfected in love.
19 We love because He 1first aloved us.
20 If anyone says, I love God, and 1ahates his brother, he is a bliar; for he who cdoes not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has dnot seen.
21 And this acommandment we have from Him, that he who bloves God clove his brother also.