1 John 4:15
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New International Version
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.

New Living Translation
All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.

English Standard Version
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

New American Standard Bible
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

King James Bible
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God--God remains in him and he in God.

International Standard Version
God abides in the one who acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, and he abides in God.

NET Bible
If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God resides in him and he in God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And everyone who confesses Yeshua, that he is The Son of God, God dwells in him and he dwells in God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God lives in those who declare that Jesus is the Son of God, and they live in God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.

American King James Version
Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.

American Standard Version
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God.

Darby Bible Translation
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

English Revised Version
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

Weymouth New Testament
Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God--God continues in union with him, and he continues in union with God.

World English Bible
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God remains in him, and he in God.

Young's Literal Translation
whoever may confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God in him doth remain, and he in God;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:14-21 The Father sent the Son, he willed his coming into this world. The apostle attests this. And whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. This confession includes faith in the heart as the foundation; makes acknowledgment with the mouth to the glory of God and Christ, and profession in the life and conduct, against the flatteries and frowns of the world. There must be a day of universal judgment. Happy those who shall have holy boldness before the Judge at that day; knowing he is their Friend and Advocate! Happy those who have holy boldness in the prospect of that day, who look and wait for it, and for the Judge's appearance! True love to God assures believers of God's love to them. Love teaches us to suffer for him and with him; therefore we may trust that we shall also be glorified with him, 2Ti 2:12. We must distinguish between the fear of God and being afraid of him; the fear of God imports high regard and veneration for God. Obedience and good works, done from the principle of love, are not like the servile toil of one who unwillingly labours from dread of a master's anger. They are like that of a dutiful child, who does services to a beloved father, which benefit his brethren, and are done willingly. It is a sign that our love is far from perfect, when our doubts, fears, and apprehensions of God, are many. Let heaven and earth stand amazed at his love. He sent his word to invite sinners to partake of this great salvation. Let them take the comfort of the happy change wrought in them, while they give him the glory. The love of God in Christ, in the hearts of Christians from the Spirit of adoption, is the great proof of conversion. This must be tried by its effects on their temper, and their conduct to their brethren. If a man professes to love God, and yet indulges anger or revenge, or shows a selfish disposition, he gives his profession the lie. But if it is plain that our natural enmity is changed into affection and gratitude, let us bless the name of our God for this seal and earnest of eternal happiness. Then we differ from the false professors, who pretend to love God, whom they have not seen, yet hate their brethren, whom they have seen.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Whosoever confesseth ο{ς α}ν ὁμολογήση. This rendering seems preferable to "whosoever shall confess" or "shall have confessed." The exact meaning is, "Whosoever has once for all taken up the position of confessing." Verse 14 gave the case of the apostles; this gives that of those who accept their witness. In the next verse we have that of both together.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God,.... The only begotten of the Father; that he is not a mere man, as the Jews, and Ebion and Cerinthus said, but a divine person, equal with the Father; which contains all that relates to the dignity of his person, and his fitness for his office as a Saviour, and which was the test of faith in those times, and the grand article of belief: not that a bare assent to this had what followed annexed to it; for the devils believed and owned that Jesus was the Son of God; and so might, and did, unregenerate persons, as the centurion at the cross of Christ, who know nothing what communion with God is; but this confession is such as is attended with a believing in Christ from the heart unto righteousness, life, and salvation, and a cheerful obedience to his ordinances and commands, from a principle of love to him, and faith in him, things not to be found in devils and carnal men; see Romans 10:9.

God dwelleth in him, and he in God; See Gill on 1 John 4:13; this should encourage to an open and hearty confession of Christ as the Son of God, and Saviour of sinners, and to a public profession of his name, and faith in him, and an holding it fast without wavering.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. shall confess—once for all: so the Greek aorist means.

that Jesus is the Son of God—and therefore "the Saviour of the world" (1Jo 4:14).

1 John 4:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Love Comes from God
14We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.…
Cross References
John 6:56
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.

Romans 10:9
If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

1 John 2:23
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

1 John 2:24
As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.

1 John 3:23
And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

1 John 3:24
The one who keeps God's commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

1 John 4:2
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,

1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.

1 John 5:5
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Treasury of Scripture

Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.

confess.

1 John 4:2 Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that …

1 John 5:1,5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

Matthew 10:32 Whoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess …

Luke 12:8 Also I say to you, Whoever shall confess me before men, him shall …

Romans 10:9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall …

Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to …

2 John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that …

God dwelleth. See on ver.

1 John 4:12 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells …

1 John 3:24 And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him. …

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