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The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

4 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits m to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has n come in the flesh o is from God. p But every spirit who does not confess Jesus q is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; r you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now.

You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you s is greater than the one who is in the world. t They are from the * world. u Therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us; v anyone who is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception. w

Knowing God through Love

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God x and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: y God sent z His * One and Only Son a into the world so that we might live b through Him. 10 Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us c and sent His Son to be the d * propitiation e for our sins. 11 Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. f 12 No one has ever seen God. g h If we love one another, God remains in i us and His love is perfected in us.

13 This is how we know that we remain in Him j and He in us: He has given assurance to us from His Spirit. k 14 And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent His Son l as the world’s Savior. 15 Whoever confesses m n that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God. 16 And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.

17 In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, o for we are as He is in this world. p 18 There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, q because fear involves punishment. r So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love. s 19 We love t because He first loved us. u

Keeping God’s Commands

20 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, v he is a liar. w For the person who does not love his brother x he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen. y 21 And we have this command from Him: The one who loves God must also love his brother.


About The Holman Christian Standard Bible

The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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