All rights reserved. 5 Everyone who believes [with a deep, abiding trust in the fact] that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) is born of God [that is, reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose], and everyone who loves the Father also loves [] the child born of Him. Give now. We must test spiritual experiences and spiritual phenomenon to see if they are in fact from God.i. 1 John 4:20-5:1. 1 BELOVED, DO not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. The content of these … 4 Now [] He had to go through [] Samaria. Amplified Bible (AMP). 5 They [who teach twisted doctrine] are of the world and belong to it; therefore they speak from the [viewpoint of the] world [with its immoral freedom and baseless theories—demanding compliance with their opinions and ridiculing the values of the upright], and the [gullible one of the] world listens closely and pays attention to them. AMP: 1 John 4. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates (works against) his [Christian] brother he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. $50,000 match: 2x the Bibles for the Muslim world. People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:4. 1 John 1:1-4 Amplified Bible (AMP) Introduction, The Incarnate Word. Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about. 13 By this we know [with confident assurance] that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given to us His [Holy] Spirit. 1 So when the Lord learned that the Pharisees had been told that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), 3 He left Judea and returned again to Galilee. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.a. 4 Beloved, do not believe every spirit [speaking through a self-proclaimed prophet]; instead test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets and teachers have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:3 : 1 John 4:5 >> American Standard Version Ye are of God, `my' little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. By this we know [without any doubt] the spirit of truth [motivated by God] and the spirit of error [motivated by Satan]. 1 NOW WHEN the Lord knew (learned, became aware) that the Pharisees had been told that Jesus was winning and baptizing more disciples than John— 2 Though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples— 3 He left Judea and returned to Galilee. Beloved, believe not every spirit - Do not be forward to believe every teacher to be a man sent of God.As in those early times every teacher professed to be inspired by the Spirit of God, because all the prophets had come thus accredited, the term spirit was used to express the man who pretended to be and teach under the Spirit' s influence. AMPC 1 John 4 1 BELOVED, DO not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. 1Beloved, do not believe every spirit [speaking through a self-proclaimed prophet]; instead test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets and teachers have gone out into the world. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should also [unselfishly] love his brother and seek the best for him. Do not believe every spirit: John warned against believing every spirit; that is, we are never to assume every spiritual experience or every demonstration of spiritual power is from God. The following statements we find in First John only: "God is light" (chap. 1 John 4:7 See note 2:10. 6 We [who teach God’s word] are from God [energized by the Holy Spirit], and whoever knows God [through personal experience] listens to us [and has a deeper understanding of Him]. 1 John 4:4 Amplified Bible (AMP) 4 Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. John 4:4 Jesus went through Samaria to show that He is the Savior of all people. 1 John 4:1-21 Test the Spirits. Verse Comparison: 1 John 4:4. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. 17 In this [union and fellowship with Him], love is completed and perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him]; because as He is, so are we in this world. 4 It was necessary for Him to go through Samaria. 4 Now He had to go through John 4:4 Samaria was centrally located between Judea (south) and Galilee (north). 1 John 4:1. He and his brother James (also an apostle) were the sons of Zebedee and Salome. Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. 1 John 4 - NIV: Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 12 No one has seen God at any time. [He is the originator of love, and it is an enduring attribute of His nature.] John 4 Jesus and the Woman of Samaria. 1 John 4:4 AMP Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. 7 Beloved, let us [unselfishly] # See note 2:10. love and seek the best for one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves [others] is born of God and knows God [through personal experience]. 1 John 1 New King James Version (NKJV) What Was Heard, Seen, and Touched. Believers cautioned against giving heed to every one that pretends to the Spirit. However, it is up to the individual to "prove all things, and hold fast to that which is good" (I Thessalonians 5:21). Amplified Bible (AMP). 7 Beloved, let us [unselfishly] [a]love and seek the best for one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves [others] is born of God and knows God [through personal experience]. 4 1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. AMP : 1 John 4 1 John 4:5 >> DISCLAIMER: Church of the Great God (CGG) provides these resources to aid the individual in studying the Bible. 1 John 4:19 Because God bestowed on humanity a free will, man is not forced to love Him, but rather consciously and freely chooses the response he makes to God’s love. 1 John 4:7 See note 2:10. 1 John 4:19 Because God bestowed on humanity a free will, man is not forced to love Him, but rather consciously and freely chooses the response he makes to God’s love. The Amplified Bible 1 John 4:16 And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. 1 John 4:19 Because God bestowed on humanity a free will, man is not forced to love Him, but rather consciously and freely chooses the response he makes to God’s love. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us [in this incredible way], we also ought to love one another. 4 It was necessary for Him to go through Samaria. 1 John 4:17 Amplified Bible (AMP) 17 In this [union and fellowship with Him], love is completed and perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him]; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1 BELOVED, DO not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. Both characteristics of God stand always in total agreement to each other. Amplified Thinline Holy Bible--bonded leather, burgundy, Amplified Holy Bible--bonded leather, burgundy (indexed), Amplified Thinline Holy Bible--bonded leather, black (indexed). But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love]. 9 By this the love of God was displayed in us, in that God has sent His [One and] only begotten Son [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind] into the world so that we might live through Him. But if we love one another [with unselfish concern], God abides in us, and His love [the love that is His essence abides in us and] is completed and perfected in us. Amplified® Bible John 4 Jesus Goes To Galilee 1 So when the Lord learned that the Pharisees had been told that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), 3 He left Judea and returned again to Galilee. 1 John 4 1 John 4. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. 2 By this you know and recognize the Spirit of God: every spirit that acknowledges and confesses [the fact] that Jesus Christ has [actually] come in the flesh [as a man] is from God [God is its source]; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus [acknowledging that He has come in the flesh, but would deny any of the Son’s true nature] is not of God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is now already in the world. 1 John 4 Test the Spirits. The first speaks of God's holiness, truth and righteousness and the second of His grace and mercy. 8 The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. 1 John 4:20 If anyone says, "I love God," but hates his brother, he is a liar. 1 NOW WHEN the Lord knew (learned, became aware) that the Pharisees had been told that Jesus was winning and baptizing more disciples than John--2 Though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples--3 He left Judea and returned to Galilee. He writes that we are indeed saved by grace through faith. AMP : 1 John 4 15 Whoever confesses and acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:4. 14 We [who were with Him in person] have seen and testify [as eye-witnesses] that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. 19 We love, because [b]He first loved us. 18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. 4 Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. 4:4 Ye have overcome these seducers, because greater is the Spirit of Christ that is in you than the spirit of antichrist that is in the world. Commentary for 1 John 4 . Because God bestowed on humanity a free will, man is not forced to love Him, but rather consciously and freely chooses the response he makes to God’s love. 16 We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. No man has seen God at any time. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 4 Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind]. The Jews despised Samaritans because they were Jews who had intermarried with non-Jews and followed a heretical religion. All rights reserved. Read God’s Word. 1 BELOVED, DO not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. John 4 Jesus Goes to Galilee 1 So when the Lord learned that the Pharisees had been told that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), 3 He left Judea and returned again to Galilee. Whoever is not of God does not listen to us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him. Testing The Spirits. 1 John 5 Amplified Bible (AMP) Overcoming the World. 8 The one who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. Interlinear Bible © 2011 - 2018 by Biblos.com in cooperation with Helps Ministries Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible © 2012, Used by Permission Bible Hub 1 John 4:19 Because God bestowed on humanity a free will, man is not forced to love Him, but rather consciously and freely chooses the response he makes to God’s love. In several places, such as I John 2:29; 3:3; 3:9-14; and 5:1-4, John expressly states what the responsibilities of a converted person are.In these verses, the work of keeping the commandments is plainly shown. Treasury of Scripture. 1 John 4 New International Version << 1 John 3 | 1 John 4 | 1 John 5 >> The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Antichrist. Jesus Goes to Galilee. 4:8.16). Sign up for these short lessons that answer basic questions about the Bible, Amplified Thinline Holy Bible--bonded leather, burgundy, Amplified Holy Bible--bonded leather, burgundy (indexed), Amplified Holy Bible: Captures the Full Meaning Behind the Original Greek and Hebrew - eBook. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation [that is, the atoning sacrifice, and the satisfying offering] for our sins [fulfilling God’s requirement for justice against sin and placating His wrath]. (1-6) Brotherly love enforced. The application of Paul's statement in Ephesians 2:10 is becoming ever clearer. 1:5) and "God is love" (chap. 1 John 5:1-4. 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