1 John  4

Love for God and One Another

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. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Knowing God Through Love

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Seeing God Through Love

12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

The Consummation of Love

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

Obedience by Faith

20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Questions & Answers

  1. What are we not to believe? 1 John 4:1
  2. What are we to do with the spirits (prophecies)? 1 John 4:1
  3. Why must we do this? 1 John 4:1
  4. If a Spirit is of God, what will it confess about Jesus? 1 John 4:2
  5. If a Spirit is not of God, who is it not born of? 1 John 4:3
  6. What is this the spirit of? 1 John 4:3
  7. What spirit is already in the world? 1 John 4:3
  8. If you are of God, who have you overcome? 1 John 4:4
  9. Why can we overcome them? 1 John 4:4
  10. What are they of? 1 John 4:5
  11. How do they speak? 1 John 4:5
  12. Who hears them? 1 John 4:5
  13. Who was John of? 1 John 4:6
  14. If a person knows God, will they hear John? 1 John 4:6
  15. Who will not hear John? 1 John 4:6
  16. What do we know by this? 1 John 4:6
  17. Why are we to love one another? 1 John 4:7
  18. Who is born of God? 1 John 4:7
  19. Who is not of God? 1 John 4:8
  20. What did God do, to manifest His love toward us? 1 John 4:9
  21. Why did He do this? 1 John 4:9
  22. What is this love in? 1 John 4:10
  23. Who is the propitiation (full payment) for our sins? 1 John 4:10
  24. Beloved, if God so loved us, what should we do? 1 John 4:11
  25. Who has seen God? 1 John 4:12
  26. If we love one another, who abides in us? 1 John 4:12
  27. What has been perfected in us? 1 John 4:12
  28. How do we know that we abide in Him, and He in us? 1 John 4:13
  29. What had John seen and testified of? 1 John 4:14
  30. If a person confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, who abides in him? 1 John 4:15
  31. Who does He abide in? 1 John 4:15
  32. What have we known and believed? 1 John 4:16
  33. What is God? 1 John 4:16
  34. Who abides in God? 1 John 4:16
  35. Who does God abide in? 1 John 4:16
  36. Because we have boldness in the day of judgment, what does that show has been perfected among us? 1 John 4:17
  37. How are we to be in this world? 1 John 4:17
  38. Why is there no fear in love? 1 John 4:18
  39. What does fear involve? 1 John 4:18
  40. If a person fears, what has not happened? 1 John 4:18
  41. Why do we love Him? 1 John 4:19
  42. If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, what is he? 1 John 4:20
  43. If he does not love his brother whom he has seen, who can he not love? 1 John 4:20
  44. What commandment do we have from God? 1 John 4:21