IV. Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone forth into the world.
2In this ye know the Spirit of God:
3Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God; and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus, is not of God; and this is that of the antichrist, of which ye have heard that it should come; and now, it is already in the world.
4Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you, than he who is in the world.
5They are of the world; for this cause they speak of the world, and the world hears them.
6We are of God; he that knows God, hears us; he that is not of God, hears us not. From this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7Beloved, let us love one another; because love is of God, and every one that loves has been begotten of God, and knows God.
8He that loves not, knew not God; because God is love.
9In this was manifested the love of God in respect to us, that God has sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son, a propitiation for our sins.
11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12No man has ever seen God. If we love one another, God abides in us, and the love of him is perfected in us.
13In this we know that we abide in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
14And we have seen, and bear witness, that the Father has sent forth the Son, a Savior of the world.
15Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
16And we have known, and have believed, the love that God has in respect to us. God is love; and he that abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
17In this has love been perfected with us, that we have confidence in the day of judgment; because as he is, we also are in this world.
18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment; and he that fears is not made perfect in love.
19We love, because he first loved us.
20If any one say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
21And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God love also his brother.