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

  • BSP
    Verse 20: God views one who says that they love God, but hates their brother as a liar. We must strive to cultivate and show deep love for our brothers.
  • Jerome
    Knowing that greater is HE that is in me bring a sense of power in my life. It means that I am one with GOD and Jesus thru the Holy Spirit.
  • A disciple
    "They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." With profound depth and maturity in the Spirit, John affirms to us our authority in the Glad Tidings; and that WE are the face of God before the world. (1 Corinthians 6:2)!!!
  • Bruce
    Fred: The only way to know is with The Spirit living within your Heart. This happens when you're Born-again:You fell a tug in your Heart,The Lord telling you You need Him. Ask Forgiveness. You will be Washed by His Blood. Baptized with The Holy Ghost. You will be New,Changed,you will know, Impossible not too! John 6:44, 1John 1:9, Revelation 1:5, Mark1:8
  • Brenda
    2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land.
  • Lu2677
    Fredscanlan,You ask"where is this love he speaks of?" answer is in His Word.Romans 11:36"For of him, and through him, and to him are all things, to whom be glory forever." ALL THINGS. Ecc.8:5, Ecc.9:3, Luke 6:45, etc.Seek God He is Love!
    After he saved me this is one of the 1st verse that he gave me understanding of,Romans 11:36. And Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Amen

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