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.