1 John 4:2
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New International Version
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,

New Living Translation
This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God.

English Standard Version
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,

Berean Study Bible
By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,

Berean Literal Bible
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ having come in the flesh is of God,

New American Standard Bible
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;

King James Bible
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.

International Standard Version
This is how you can recognize God's Spirit: Every spirit who acknowledges that Jesus the Messiah has become human—and remains so—is from God.

NET Bible
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses Jesus as the Christ who has come in the flesh is from God,

New Heart English Bible
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Spirit of God is known by this: every spirit who confesses that Yeshua The Messiah has come in the flesh is from God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is how you can recognize God's Spirit: Every person who declares that Jesus Christ has come as a human has the Spirit that is from God.

New American Standard 1977
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;

Jubilee Bible 2000
In this know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ, is come in flesh is of God:

King James 2000 Bible
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

American King James Version
Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

American Standard Version
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Douay-Rheims Bible
By this is the spirit of God known. Every spirit which confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God:

Darby Bible Translation
Hereby ye know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses Jesus Christ come in flesh is of God;

English Revised Version
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

Webster's Bible Translation
By this ye know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ hath come in the flesh, is from God:

Weymouth New Testament
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,

World English Bible
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,

Young's Literal Translation
in this know ye the Spirit of God; every spirit that doth confess Jesus Christ in the flesh having come, of God it is,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-6 Christians who are well acquainted with the Scriptures, may, in humble dependence on Divine teaching, discern those who set forth doctrines according to the apostles, and those who contradict them. The sum of revealed religion is in the doctrine concerning Christ, his person and office. The false teachers spake of the world according to its maxims and tastes, so as not to offend carnal men. The world approved them, they made rapid progress, and had many followers such as themselves; the world will love its own, and its own will love it. The true doctrine as to the Saviour's person, as leading men from the world to God, is a mark of the spirit of truth in opposition to the spirit of error. The more pure and holy any doctrine is, the more likely to be of God; nor can we by any other rules try the spirits whether they are of God or not. And what wonder is it, that people of a worldly spirit should cleave to those who are like themselves, and suit their schemes and discourses to their corrupt taste?
Study Bible
Testing the Spirits
1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is already in the world at this time.…
Cross References
John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 Corinthians 12:3
Therefore I inform you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

1 John 1:2
And this is the life that was revealed; we have seen it and testified to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us.

1 John 2:23
No one who denies the Son can have the Father; whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.

1 John 4:15
If anyone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.

1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him.

2 John 1:7
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, refusing to confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.
Treasury of Scripture

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1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in …

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