1Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired expression, but test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world.
2YOU gain the knowledge of the inspired expression from God by this: Every inspired expression that confesses Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh originates with God,3but every inspired expression that does not confess Jesus does not originate with God. Furthermore, this is the antichrist’s [inspired expression] which YOU have heard was coming, and now it is already in the world.
4YOU originate with God, little children, and YOU have conquered those [persons], because he that is in union with YOU is greater than he that is in union with the world.5They originate with the world; that is why they speak [what proceeds] from the world and the world listens to them.6We originate with God. He that gains the knowledge of God listens to us; he that does not originate with God does not listen to us. This is how we take note of the inspired expression of truth and the inspired expression of error.
7Beloved ones, let us continue loving one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born from God and gains the knowledge of God.8He that does not love has not come to know God, because God is love.9By this the love of God was made manifest in our case, because God sent forth his only‐begotten Son into the world that we might gain life through him.10The love is in this respect, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent forth his Son as a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins.
11Beloved ones, if this is how God loved us, then we are ourselves under obligation to love one another.12At no time has anyone beheld God. If we continue loving one another, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us.13By this we gain the knowledge that we are remaining in union with him and he in union with us, because he has imparted his spirit to us.14In addition, we ourselves have beheld and are bearing witness that the Father has sent forth his Son as Savior of the world.15Whoever makes the confession that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God remains in union with such one and he in union with God.16And we ourselves have come to know and have believed the love that God has in our case.
God is love, and he that remains in love remains in union with God and God remains in union with him.17This is how love has been made perfect with us, that we may have freeness of speech in the day of judgment, because, just as that one is, so are we ourselves in this world.18There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint. Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love.19As for us, we love, because he first loved us.
20If anyone makes the statement: “I love God,” and yet is hating his brother, he is a liar. For he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot be loving God, whom he has not seen.21And this commandment we have from him, that the one who loves God should be loving his brother also.