1 John 4:12

“No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

No man hath seene God at any time. If wee loue one another, God dwelleth in vs, and his loue is perfected in vs.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

No man hath beheld God at any time: if we love one another, God abideth in us, and his love is perfected in us:
- American Standard Version (1901)

No man has ever seen God: if we have love for one another, God is in us and his love is made complete in us:
- Basic English Bible

No one has seen God at any time: if we love one another, God abides in us, and his love is perfected in us.
- Darby Bible

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
- Webster's Bible

No one has ever yet seen God. If we love one another, God continues in union with us, and His love in all its perfection is in our hearts.
- Weymouth Bible

No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God remains in us, and his love has been perfected in us.
- World English Bible

No man say euer God; if we louen togidre, God dwellith in vs, and the charite of hym is perfit in vs.
- Wycliffe Bible

God no one hath ever seen; if we may love one another, God in us doth remain, and His love is having been perfected in us;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:12


4:12 If we love one another, God abideth in us - This is treated of, #1John 4:13 |- 16. And his love is perfected - Has its full effect. In us - This is treated of, #1John 4:17 |- 19.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:12


1Jo 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. He is invisible to mortal eyes, yet we may have a sense of his presence in us. If we love each other he dwells in us. His love is perfected in us. It is made complete by our loving each other. It is incomplete unless his love for us is supplemented by brotherly love. This love in us is the proof that God is in us.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • A disciple
    "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." What makes people not love their neighbor or even their brother or sister in the Lord? If we are to love one another as Christ has loved us, then we must have the same character, nature and Spirit as Christ. Jesus said, that not understanding His speech is because of not being able to hear His word. That implies the need for a new creation, and having completely abandoned the old! That means a penitent and converted heart that henceforth longs for God and seeks His mercy, acceptance and blessing, and a mind no longer completely enthralled with self or the letcheries of its former life but being born anew, born from above, born of the Word and of the Spirit, TO BE THE CHILDREN, THE REPLICATIONS OF GOD! By this we know that we know God and keep His commandments, BECAUSE WE LOVE THE BRETHREN!
  • Michael
    Has no man seen God? Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
  • Joan
    We must believe in our hearts that Jesus Christ suffered bleed and died for our sins and must confess it with our mouth than we are saved from our sins. There is one GOD, one FAITH and one Baptism. There is no other god but JESUS. No other God but Jesus can offer eternal life. Jesus died for our sins and we have been bought with a price. If you don't believe just fall on your knees and say Jesus!
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 2:3 and hereby we do know that we know HIM --IF-- we keep HIS commandments --2:4--he that saith --- I know HIM --- and keepeth not HIS commandments is a liar --- and the truth is not in him --2:5-- but whoso keepeth HIS word in him verily is the love of GOD perfected hereby know we that we are in HIM --2:6--he that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk even as HE walked
  • Victoria
    1 John 4 vs 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 4:15 whosoever shall confess that JESUS is --- THE SON OF GOD --- GOD dwelleth in him and he in GOD 2 TIMOTHY 2:19 nevertheless the foundation of GOD standeth sure having this seal THE LORD knoweth them that are HIS and let --everyone-- that nameth the --- name of CHRIST --- depart from iniquity ACTS :3:26 unto you first GOD having raised up HIS SON JESUS sent HIM to bless you in turning away everyone of you from his iniquities JOHN 5:34 but I receive not testimony from man but theses things ---I SAY --- that you might be saved ---