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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.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Yohane 4:1-21

Nkyerɛkyerɛ Pa Ne Nkyerɛkyerɛ Bɔne

1Me nuanom adɔfo, munnnye honhom no nyinaa nni. Mmom monsɔ honhom no nhwɛ sɛ efi Onyankopɔn ana. Efisɛ atoro adiyifo bebree ahwete wɔ wiase. 2Ɔkwan a wubetumi afa so ahu sɛ obi wɔ Onyankopɔn Honhom no ne sɛ, ɔbɛpae mu aka se, nokwarem Yesu Kristo baa onipa tebea mu. 3Na nea ɔnka saa mfa Yesu ho no nni honhom a efi Onyankopɔn. Saa honhom no yɛ Kristo tamfo. Motee sɛ saa na ɛbɛba, nanso ɛwɔ wiase ha dedaw.

4Me mma, mufi Onyankopɔn mu na moadi atoro adiyifo no so, efisɛ Honhom a ɛwɔ mo mu no wɔ tumi sen honhom a ɛwɔ wiase yi mu. 5Wɔka nsɛm a ɛfa wiase ho ma wiase tie, efisɛ wɔyɛ wiasefo. 6Nanso yɛn de, yɛyɛ Onyankopɔn nkurɔfo. Obiara a onim Onyankopɔn no tie yɛn. Na obiara a ɔnyɛ Onyankopɔn nipa no ntie yɛn. Eyi nko ara ne ɔkwan a yɛnam so de hu nokware Honhom ne atoro honhom mu.

Onyankopɔn Yɛ Ɔdɔ

7Anuanom, momma yɛnnodɔ yɛn ho yɛn ho efisɛ ɔdɔ fi Onyankopɔn. Obi a ɔwɔ ɔdɔ no yɛ Onyankopɔn ba na onim Onyankopɔn nso. 8Obi a onni ɔdɔ no nnim Onyankopɔn efisɛ Onyankopɔn yɛ ɔdɔ. 9Ɔkwan a Onyankopɔn nam so da ne dɔ adi kyerɛ yɛn ne sɛ, ɔsomaa ne Ba koro no baa wiase sɛnea yɛbɛfa ne so anya nkwa. 10Eyi ne ɔdɔ. Ɛnkyerɛ sɛ yɛdɔ Onyankopɔn, na mmom, ɔno na ɔdɔ yɛn nti ɔsomaa ne Ba sɛ yɛmfa ne so nya yɛn bɔne ho mpata. 11Anuanom adɔfo, sɛ saa na Onyankopɔn dɔ yɛn a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ, ɛsɛ sɛ yɛdodɔ yɛn ho yɛn ho. 12Obiara nhuu Onyankopɔn da. Sɛ yɛdodɔ yɛn ho yɛn ho a, na Onyankopɔn te yɛn mu na ne dɔ no awie pɛyɛ wɔ yɛn mu.

13Eyi na ɛma yehu pefee sɛ yɛte Onyankopɔn mu na ɔno nso te yɛn mu. Wama yɛn ne Honhom. 14Na yɛahu, na yɛaka akyerɛ afoforo se Agya no somaa ne Ba ma ɔbɛyɛɛ wiase Agyenkwa. 15Obiara a ɔpae mu ka se Yesu yɛ Onyankopɔn Ba no, na Onyankopɔn te ne mu na ɔno nso te Onyankopɔn mu. 16Na yɛn ankasa nim, na yegye 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, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a yebenya akokoduru wɔ atemmu da no. Na yebenya saa akokoduru no nso, efisɛ yɛn abrabɔ wɔ wiase ha no te sɛ Kristo de ara pɛ. 18Ehu nni ɔdɔ mu. Ɔdɔ ankasa pam hu nyinaa. Ehu ne asotwe na ɛnam. Enti nea ɔyɛ ohufo no nwie pɛyɛ wɔ ɔdɔ mu.

19Yɛwɔ ɔdɔ, efisɛ Onyankopɔn na ɔdɔɔ yɛn kan. 20Sɛ obi ka se, “Medɔ Onyankopɔn” na ɔtan ne nua a, ɔyɛ ɔtorofo. Na nea ɔnnɔ ne nua a ohu no no, ɛbɛyɛ dɛn na obetumi adɔ Onyankopɔn a onhu no. 21Eyi ne mmara a Kristo hyɛ maa yɛn. Nea ɔdɔ Onyankopɔn no, ɛsɛ sɛ ɔdɔ ne nua nso.