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 4:2

  • Jabulani for verse 2
    Does this mean Jesus himself came as flesh or as the spirit he entered the flesh of human?
  • Carolyn Hall for verse 2
    Recently, a woman came into our church with a message to a man (who was not present at the time) that she said God had told her to give him. She proceeded to give it to those who were present and it was very confrontational. Since she says God gave her this message to give him, was she right in giving it to everyone else? How do we know God really told her this?

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