1 John 4:2

“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hereby know ye the spirit of God: euery spirit that confesseth that Iesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
- American Standard Version (1901)

By this you may have knowledge of the Spirit of God: every spirit which says that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God:
- Basic English Bible

Hereby ye know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses Jesus Christ come in flesh is of God;
- Darby Bible

By this ye know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ hath come in the flesh, is from God:
- Webster's Bible

The test by which you may recognize the Spirit of God is that every spirit which acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come as man is from God,
- Weymouth Bible

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
- World English Bible

In this thing the spirit of God is knowun; ech spirit that knowlechith that Jhesu Crist hath come in fleisch, is of God;
- Wycliffe Bible

in this know ye the Spirit of God; every spirit that doth confess Jesus Christ in the flesh having come, of God it is,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:2


4:2 Every spirit - Or teacher. Which confesseth - Both with heart and voice. Jesus Christ, who is come in the flesh, is of God - This his coming presupposes, contains, and draws after it, the whole doctrine of Christ.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:2


1Jo 4:2 Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come . . . is of God. He who confesses from the heart that Christ has come in the flesh shows that he has the Spirit of God. In the flesh. One of the heresies was that Christ had come but that there had been no incarnation.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Lilian
    Ye are God's little Children and have overcome them because Greater is He That is in you than He is in this world. Lord Jesus i believe you Lord you are the only great on this earth nothing else Thank you Father for your love grace and mercy all the days of my life I will praise you and worship you alone for you are worthy Amen halellujiah
  • Ross
    There is some truth to the old adage, "Familiarity breeds contempt". I find it much easier to love most people in short bursts, from a distance, or while they're quiet or sleeping. Considering that love is provoked, I suggest we work on being more lovable. I also find prayer and meditation to help.
  • Joel
    Every comment on the page following 1john4 was more of a complete and total judgement.Maddens critical Which pedestal of religion are you on. If you want to judge throw the rocks at yourself. The truth is the truth. Everyone sins. No one's better than anyone else. Segregation in religions start like that.You represent God by criticizing Him!
  • Lilian
    There is no fear in love. But perfect love casteth out of fear. Because fear have torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Thank you Jesus for loving us. We've love because you first love us Amen
  • Dorcas
    it so powerful word so touching
  • Steve morrow
    1 john 2:15 love not the world neither the things that are in the world if any man love the world the love of the father is not in him 2:16 for all that is in the world the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the father but is of the world JAMES 3:17 BUT THE WISDOM THAT IS FROM ABOVE IS FIRST PURE THEN PEACEABLE GENTLE AND EASY TO BE INTREATED FULL OF MERCY AND GOOD FRUITS WITHOUT PARTIALITY AND WITHOUT HYPOCRISY 3:18 AND THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS SOWN IN PEACE OF THEM THAT MAKE PEACE EPHESIANS 5:9 FOR THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS IN ALL GOODNESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUTH - 1 JOHN 3:10 IN THIS THE CHILDREN OF GOD ARE MANIFEST AND THE CHILDREN OF THE devil --- WHOSOEVER DOETH NOT RIGHTEOUSNESS IS NOT OF GOD NIETHER HE THAT LOVETH NOT HIS BROTHER 1 JOHN 2:9 HE THAT SAITH HE IS IN THE LIGHT AND HATETH HIS BROTHER IS IN DARKNESS EVEN UNTIL NOW 2:10 HE THAT LOVETH HIS BROTHER ABIDETH IN THE LIGHT AND THERE IS NONE OCCASION OF STUMBLING IN HIM

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