New International Version

1 John 4:1-21

On Denying the Incarnation

1Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.

4You, 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. 5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 6We 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 Spirit4:6 Or spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

God’s Love and Ours

7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19We love because he first loved us. 20Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Yohane 4:1-21

Nkyerɛkyerɛ Pa Ne Nkyerɛkyerɛ Bɔne

1Me nuanom adɔfoɔ monnnye honhom no nyinaa nni. Mmom monsɔ honhom no nhwɛ sɛ ɛfiri Onyankopɔn anaa. Ɛfiri sɛ, atorɔ adiyifoɔ bebree ahwete wɔ ewiase. 2Ɛkwan a wobɛtumi afa so ahunu sɛ obi wɔ Onyankopɔn Honhom no ne sɛ, ɔbɛpae mu aka sɛ, nokorɛm Yesu Kristo baa onipa tebea mu. 3Na deɛ ɔnka saa mfa Yesu ho no nni honhom a ɛfiri Onyankopɔn. Saa honhom no yɛ Kristo ɔtamfoɔ. Motee sɛ saa na ɛbɛba, nanso ɛwɔ ewiase ha dada.

4Me mma, mofiri Onyankopɔn mu na moadi atorɔ adiyifoɔ no so, ɛfiri sɛ, Honhom a ɛwɔ mo mu no wɔ tumi sene honhom a ɛwɔ ewiase yi mu. 5Wɔka nsɛm a ɛfa ewiase ho ma ewiase tie ɛfiri sɛ, wɔyɛ ewiasefoɔ. 6Nanso, yɛn deɛ, yɛyɛ Onyankopɔn nkurɔfoɔ. Obiara a ɔnim Onyankopɔn no tie yɛn. Na obiara a ɔnyɛ Onyankopɔn onipa no ntie yɛn. Yei nko ara ne ɛkwan a yɛnam so de hunu nokorɛ Honhom ne atorɔ honhom mu.

Onyankopɔn Yɛ Ɔdɔ

7Anuanom, momma yɛnnodɔ yɛn ho ɛfiri sɛ, ɔdɔ firi Onyankopɔn. Obi a ɔwɔ ɔdɔ no yɛ Onyankopɔn ba na ɔnim Onyankopɔn nso. 8Obi a ɔnni ɔdɔ no nnim Onyankopɔn ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn yɛ ɔdɔ. 9Ɛkwan a Onyankopɔn nam so da ne dɔ adi kyerɛ yɛn ne sɛ, ɔsomaa ne Ba korɔ no baa ewiase sɛdeɛ yɛbɛfa ne so anya nkwa. 10Yei ne ɔdɔ. Ɛnkyerɛ sɛ yɛdɔ Onyankopɔn, na mmom, ɔno na ɔdɔ yɛn enti ɔsomaa ne Ba sɛ yɛmfa ne so nya yɛn bɔne ho mpata. 11Anuanom adɔfoɔ, sɛ saa na Onyankopɔn dɔ yɛn a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ, ɛsɛ sɛ yɛdodɔ yɛn ho. 12Obiara nhunuu Onyankopɔn da. Sɛ yɛdodɔ yɛn ho a, na Onyankopɔn te yɛn mu na ne dɔ no awie pɛyɛ wɔ yɛn mu.

13Yei na ɛma yɛhunu pefee sɛ yɛte Onyankopɔn mu na ɔno nso te yɛn mu. Wama yɛn ne Honhom. 14Na yɛahunu na yɛaka akyerɛ afoforɔ sɛ Agya no somaa ne Ba maa ɔbɛyɛɛ ewiase Agyenkwa. 15Obiara a ɔpae mu ka sɛ Yesu yɛ Onyankopɔn Ba no, Onyankopɔn te ne mu na ɔno nso te Onyankopɔn mu. 16Na yɛn ankasa nim na yɛgye Onyankopɔn dɔ a ɔde dɔ yɛn no di.

Onyankopɔn yɛ ɔdɔ na obiara a ɔte ɔdɔ mu no te Onyankopɔn mu na Onyankopɔn nso te ne mu. 17Ɛsɛ sɛ ɔdɔ yɛ pɛ wɔ yɛn mu sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a yɛbɛnya akokoɔduru Atemmuo da no. Na yɛbɛnya saa akokoɔduru no nso, ɛfiri sɛ, yɛn abrabɔ wɔ ewiase ha no te sɛ Kristo deɛ pɛ. 18Ehu nni ɔdɔ mu. Ɔdɔ amapa pam ehu nyinaa. Ehu ne asotwe na ɛnam. Enti, deɛ ɔyɛ ohufoɔ no nwie pɛyɛ wɔ ɔdɔ mu.

19Yɛwɔ ɔdɔ, ɛfiri sɛ, Onyankopɔn na ɔdɔɔ yɛn kane. 20Sɛ obi ka sɛ, “Medɔ Onyankopɔn” na ɔtane ne nua a, ɔyɛ ɔtorofoɔ. Na deɛ ɔnnɔ ne nua a ɔhunu no no, ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na ɔbɛtumi adɔ Onyankopɔn a ɔnhunu no. 21Yei ne mmara a Kristo hyɛ maa yɛn. Deɛ ɔdɔ Onyankopɔn no, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔdɔ ne nua nso.