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Chapter 4

1Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits if they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2By this is the spirit of God known. Every spirit which confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God: 3And every spirit that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God: and this is Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh, and he is now already in the world. 4You are of God, little children, and have overcome him. Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5They are of the world: therefore of the world they speak, and the world heareth them. 6We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us. He that is not of God, heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 7Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God. 8He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity. 9By this hath the charity of God appeared towards us, because God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by him. 10In this is charity: not as though we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son to be a propitiation for our sins. 11My dearest, if God hath so loved us; we also ought to love one another. 12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abideth in us, and his charity is perfected in us. 13In this we know that we abide in him, and he in us: because he hath given us of his spirit. 14And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father hath sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God. 16And we have known, and have believed the charity, which God hath to us. God is charity: and he that abideth in charity, abideth in God, and God in him. 17In this is the charity of God perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment: because as he is, we also are in this world. 18Fear is not in charity: but perfect charity casteth out fear, because fear hath pain. And he that feareth, is not perfected in charity. 19Let us therefore love God, because God first hath loved us. 20If any man say, I love God, and hateth his brother; he is a liar. For he that loveth not his brother, whom he seeth, how can he love God, whom he seeth not? 21And this commandment we have from God, that he, who loveth God, love also his brother.

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