1 John 4:3

“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And euery Spirit that confesseth not that Iesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God: and this is that spirit of Antichrist, whereof you haue heard, that it should come, and euen now already is it in the world.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the {spirit} of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God: and this is the `spirit' of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And every spirit which does not say this is not from God: this is the spirit of Antichrist, of which you have had word; and it is in the world even now.
- Basic English Bible

and every spirit which does not confess Jesus Christ come in flesh is not of God: and this is that [power] of the antichrist, [of] which ye have heard that it comes, and now it is already in the world.
- Darby Bible

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not from God. And this is that spirit of antichrist, of which ye have heard that it should come; and even now already it is in the world.
- Webster's Bible

and that no spirit is from God which does not acknowledge this about Jesus. Such is the spirit of the anti-Christ; of whose coming you have heard, and it is already in the world.
- Weymouth Bible

and every spirit who doesn't confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of the Antichrist, of whom you have heard that it comes. Now it is in the world already.
- World English Bible

and ech spirit that fordoith Jhesu, is not of God. And this is antecrist, of whom ye herden, that he cometh; and riyt now he is in the world.
- Wycliffe Bible

and every spirit that doth not confess Jesus Christ in the flesh having come, of God it is not; and this is that of the antichrist, which ye heard that it doth come, and now in the world it is already.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:3


4:3 Ye have heard - From our Lord and us, that it cometh.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:3


1Jo 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not . . . is not of God. If Christ is denied, it is not God's Spirit, which always speaks truth, but that of antichrist. See notes on 1Jo 2:18,19.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Brother William
    If we love one another as children of God then we know we have passed from death unto life. But if we say we know God and walk in darkness, we lie as children of darkness. There is a difference between the holy and the profane. God is not mocked.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    The Word of God means what it says and says what it means when Rightly Divided. All those who pray in the Holy Spirit {TONGUES} have proof positive in the natural realm of the Living Power and Presence in the natural realm of Christ Yeshua Jesus in them Amen indeed. Tongues was freely given to all who believe for a reason. Start with the book of Acts. Praise God for this most Precious Gift Amen !
  • Gbyrd
    For me we have to love Jesus first and then we will be able to love others
  • Corey
    Amen Sister Bernadette we should All have and share that unconditional love and compassion that Christ shares with us day in and day out. We should be thankful and great full to be able to serve Him. May the Father continue to bless and keep us as we strive to please Him.
  • Taylor
    Verse 9 reminds us that Jehovah God gave us the greatest possible gift of love when he sent his precious Son, Jesus, to the earth.
  • Pat mss
    It is a blessing to feel that way, however, it is sad because I do see a lot, because I want to receive love from others the same way I share it with others

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