1 John 4:3

“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And euery Spirit that confesseth not that Iesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God: and this is that spirit of Antichrist, whereof you haue heard, that it should come, and euen now already is it in the world.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the {spirit} of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God: and this is the `spirit' of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And every spirit which does not say this is not from God: this is the spirit of Antichrist, of which you have had word; and it is in the world even now.
- Basic English Bible

and every spirit which does not confess Jesus Christ come in flesh is not of God: and this is that [power] of the antichrist, [of] which ye have heard that it comes, and now it is already in the world.
- Darby Bible

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not from God. And this is that spirit of antichrist, of which ye have heard that it should come; and even now already it is in the world.
- Webster's Bible

and that no spirit is from God which does not acknowledge this about Jesus. Such is the spirit of the anti-Christ; of whose coming you have heard, and it is already in the world.
- Weymouth Bible

and every spirit who doesn't confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of the Antichrist, of whom you have heard that it comes. Now it is in the world already.
- World English Bible

and ech spirit that fordoith Jhesu, is not of God. And this is antecrist, of whom ye herden, that he cometh; and riyt now he is in the world.
- Wycliffe Bible

and every spirit that doth not confess Jesus Christ in the flesh having come, of God it is not; and this is that of the antichrist, which ye heard that it doth come, and now in the world it is already.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 John 4:3


4:3 Ye have heard - From our Lord and us, that it cometh.


People's Bible Notes for 1 John 4:3


1Jo 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not . . . is not of God. If Christ is denied, it is not God's Spirit, which always speaks truth, but that of antichrist. See notes on 1Jo 2:18,19.

Discussion for 1 John 4

  • Galatians 2; 20
    Matthew 10:37
    34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.shall be they of his own household.'>36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37He that loveth father or mother more than me
  • 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

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