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

  • Billy Ray
    1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. Fear is an emotion straight for the evil one. God is love. God will give us the courage to resist the evil one
  • 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
  • Fredscanlan
    Why is my spirit not able to grasp this thing john speaks of? John was with the Christ, He experienced the relationship, he saw the Christ! Why ,why ,why is this so hard for me to understand? This Love he speaks of. How will i never Know it? Since my youth, Where is this Love he speaks of?

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