Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits 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 come in the flesh is from God.
But every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; 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 is greater than the one who is in the world.
They are from the world. 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; anyone who is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.
Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God 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: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us.
This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He has given to us from His Spirit.
And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God-- God remains in him and he in God.
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.
In this, love is perfected with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; for we are as He is in this world.
There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears has not reached perfection in love.
We love because He first loved us.
If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
And we have this command from Him: the one who loves God must also love his brother.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent also loves his child.
This is how we know that we love God's children when we love God and obey His commands.
For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden,
because whatever has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.
And who is the one who conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Jesus Christ-- He is the One who came by water and blood; not by water only, but by water and by blood. And the Spirit is the One who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
For there are three that testify:
the Spirit, the water, and the blood-- and these three are in agreement.
If we accept the testimony of men, God's testimony is greater, because it is God's testimony that He has given about His Son.
(The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. The one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given about His Son.)
And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn't have the Son of God does not have life.
I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Now this is the confidence we have before Him: whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked Him for.
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not bring death, he should ask, and God will give life to him-- to those who commit sin that doesn't bring death. There is sin that brings death. I am not saying he should pray about that.
All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin that does not bring death.
We know that everyone who has been born of God does not sin, but the One who is born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.
We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway of the evil one.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true One. We are in the true One-- that is, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
Little children, guard yourselves from idols.