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

  • Steve morrow
    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 neither he that loveth not his brother 1 john 3:17 BUT WHOSO HATH THIS WORLDS GOOD AND SEETH HIS BROTHER HAVE NEED AND SHUTTETH UP HIS BOWELS OF COMPASSION FROM HIM HOW DWELLETH THE LOVE OF GOD IN HIM ---- 1 JOHN 5:2 BY THIS WE KNOW THAT WE LOVE THE CHILDREN OF GOD WHEN WE LOVE GOD AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS ---- 1 JOHN 2:10 HE THAT LOVETH HIS BROTHER ABIDETH IN THE LIGHT AND THERE IS NONE OCASSION OF STUMBLING IN HIM ---- 2 CORINTHIANS 4:3 BUT IF OUR GOSPEL BE HID IT IS HID TO THEM THAT ARE LOST 4:4 IN WHOM THE GOD OF THIS WORLD HATH BLINDED THE MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT LEST --- THE LIGHT --- OF THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF CHRIST WHO IS --- THE IMAGE OF GOD --- SHOULD SHINE UNTO THEM PSALM 119:130 THE ENTRANCE OF THY WORDS GIVETH LIGHT IT GIVETH UNDERSTANDING UNTO THE SIMPLE 1 JOHN 5:20 AND WE KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD IS COME AND HATH GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM THAT IS TRUE AND WE ARE IN HIM THAT IS TRUE EVEN IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST THIS IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE
  • Doubtful Thomas
    John 20:24-29 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.27Then saith he to Thomas,Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands and reach hither thy hand, and thrust itinto my side: and be not faithless, but believing.28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.29Jesus saith unto him,Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
  • Diane
    Of course it's true that no one has "seen" God. Moses and Elijah came closest to "seeing" God
  • BSp
    No man has seen God face to face. This scripture confirms that fact.
  • Lilian
    No man hath seen God at anytime if we love one another God dwelleth in us and his love perfected in us. Thank you Jesus for your word forgive me Jesus that sometimes my spirit is weak you gave me strength help me Lord to be born again in spirit all the days of my life i already forgive those who trespass against me thank you Lord for your love and mercy i will praise you forever amen
  • Steve morrow
    1 JOHN 4:17 HEREIN IS OUR LOVE MADE PERFECT THAT WE MAY HAVE BOLDNESS IN THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT BECAUSE AS HE IS SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD 1 PETER 4:1 FORASMUCH THEN AS CHRIST HATH SUFFERED FOR US IN THE FLESH ARM YOURSELVES LIKEWISE WITH THE SAME MIND FOR HE THAT HAT SUFFERED IN THE FLESH HATH CEASED FROM SIN 2 THAT HE NO LONGER SHOULD LIVE THE REST OF HIS TIME IN THE FLESH TO THE LUSTS OF MEN ......

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