1 John 4:4
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New International Version
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

New Living Translation
But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

English Standard Version
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

New American Standard Bible
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

King James Bible
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

International Standard Version
Little children, you belong to God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

NET Bible
You are from God, little children, and have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You are from God, children, and you have conquered them, because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear children, you belong to God. So you have won the victory over these people, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

King James 2000 Bible
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

American King James Version
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

American Standard Version
Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You are of God, little children, and have overcome him. Because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Darby Bible Translation
*Ye* are of God, children, and have overcome them, because greater is he that [is] in you than he that [is] in the world.

English Revised Version
Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Weymouth New Testament
As for you, dear children, you are God's children, and have successfully resisted them; for greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

World English Bible
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world.

Young's Literal Translation
Ye -- of God ye are, little children, and ye have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world.
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Matthew Henry's Concise 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?

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Ye are of God. The ὑμεῖς is in emphatic opposition to the false teachers (comp. 1 John 2:20). They are on one side, and the apostle's readers on the other, and it is from this standpoint that they are to "prove the spirits." St. John knows nothing of any neutral position from which the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error can be criticized "with absolute impartiality." "He that is not with me is against me." This assumed neutral position is already within the domain of error. Ye have overcome them. "Them" means the false teachers; but in what sense have St. John's "little children" overcome them? He may be speaking by anticipation; confident of the victory, he writes of it as an accomplished fact (comp. John 16:33). But it is better to take the statement literally. By refusing to listen to the false teachers (John 10:8) the sheep have conquered them: the seducers have "gone out" (1 John 2:19), unable to hold their own within the fold. Nor is this wonderful: the one side have God with them, the other Satan. Ο ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ here is equivalent to ὁ ἄρχων τοῦ κόσμου τούτου (Luke 12:31). Just as God is in believers and they in God, so the world is in the evil one (1 John 5:19) and the evil one in it.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ye are of God, little children,.... This, with what follows, is said for the comfort of the saints, and to deliver them from the fears of being drawn aside by the delusions of the false prophets, and antichrists; since they belonged to God, were his elect, and therefore could not be finally and totally seduced; they were the children of God by adopting grace, and could not become the servants of men; they were born of God, and so were kept by the power of God unto salvation, as all that are begotten unto a lively hope are; they were enlightened by the Spirit of God, and had a discerning of truth from error, and therefore could not be imposed upon:

and have overcome them; the false prophets, being in a good cause, fighting the good fight of faith, and having good weapons, particularly the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and invincible arguments from thence; and also gracious assistance from the Spirit of God, who gives a mouth that none can shut, and wisdom that none can resist; as well as an inward experience of the truth, and power of Gospel doctrines: a testimony within themselves, which will stand the whole shock and opposition of the enemy: the Vulgate Latin version reads, "and have overcome him"; antichrist, whose spirit was then in the world; or the world itself, or Satan, the god of the world; and so the Ethiopic version reads, "and have overcome the evil one", as in 1 John 2:13; the reason of which victory, and which adds to the comfort and support of saints in their present warfare, is,

because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world; by "he that is in the world" is meant either the devil, the prince and god of the world, and who goes up and down in it, dwells in the hearts of the men of it, under whose influence they are, and in whom he works effectually; or antichrist, whose spirit was now in the world, and whose doctrine was propagated by the false teachers, in whom he began to appear; but he that is in the saints, either God who dwells in them, and their in him, 1 John 4:15; is mightier than the man of sin, and his emissaries, to keep and preserve from all corruptions, and every false way; or Christ, who dwells in their hearts by faith, and is stronger than the strong man armed, and able to save and deliver out of his hands; or the Spirit of God; and so the Arabic version reads, "the Spirit that is in you"; who is in the saints, as a spirit of regeneration and sanctification, as a spirit of adoption, and the earnest of their inheritance; he is able to carry on the work of grace in them, and finish it, and will do it; and he, as a spirit of truth, is more powerful than the spirit of error; and when the enemy comes in like a flood, or pours in a flood of errors and heresies, he lifts up a standard against him, causes him to fly, and secures the saints from being carried away with it: compare with this the Septuagint version of Psalm 124:1, "if it had not been the Lord who was on our side"; which render it thus, "if the Lord had not been in us".

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Ye—emphatical: Ye who confess Jesus: in contrast to "them," the false teachers.

overcome them—(1Jo 5:4, 5); instead of being "overcome and brought into (spiritual) bondage" by them (2Pe 2:19). Joh 10:8, 5, "the sheep did not hear them": "a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers."

he that is in you—God, of whom ye are.

he that is in the word—the spirit of Antichrist, the devil, "the prince of this world."

1 John 4:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Testing the Spirits
3and 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. 4You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 5They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them.…
Cross References
John 12:31
Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.

Romans 8:31
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

1 John 2:1
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

1 John 2:13
I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one.

1 John 3:20
If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

1 John 4:6
We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

1 John 5:4
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Treasury of Scripture

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

are.

1 John 4:6,16 We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God …

1 John 3:9,10 Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains …

1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

and have.

1 John 2:13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him that is from …

1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the …

Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Ephesians 6:10,13 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of …

greater.

1 John 4:13,16 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has …

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

John 10:28-30 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither …

John 14:17-23 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because …

John 17:23 I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and …

Romans 8:10,11 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the …

1 Corinthians 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy …

2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are …

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted …

than.

1 John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.

John 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world …

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world …

John 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit …

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, …

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, …

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