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.
14:1 1Akor 10:14; Jer 29:8; Math 7:15Arata akwa endwa, mũtigetĩkagie roho o wothe, no mũroragie maroho muone kana moimĩte kũrĩ Ngai, tondũ anabii aingĩ a maheeni nĩmoimagarĩte magathiĩ thĩ yothe. 24:2 Joh 1:14; 1Akor 12:3Ũũ nĩguo mũngĩhota gũkũũrana Roho wa Ngai: Roho o wothe ũrĩa uumbũraga atĩ Jesũ Kristũ nĩokĩte arĩ na mwĩrĩ, ũcio uumĩte kũrĩ Ngai, 34:3 2Joh 7; 1Joh 2:18no roho o wothe ũrĩa ũtoimbũraga Jesũ, ũcio nduumĩte kũrĩ Ngai. Ũcio nĩ roho wa mũmena-Kristũ, ũrĩa mũiguĩte atĩ nĩũgooka na o na rĩu nĩũrĩkĩtie gũũka gũkũ thĩ.
4Inyuĩ twana twakwa nyendete, inyuĩ mũrĩ a Ngai na nĩmũmatooretie, tondũ ũrĩa ũrĩ thĩinĩ wanyu nĩ mũnene gũkĩra ũrĩa ũrĩ gũkũ thĩ. 54:5 Joh 15:19Acio moimĩte gũkũ thĩ, na nĩ ũndũ ũcio maaragia ũhoro wa maũndũ ma gũkũ thĩ, na thĩ na andũ a gũkũ thĩ makamathikĩrĩria. 64:6 Joh 8:47; Mar 13:5Ithuĩ tuumĩte kũrĩ Ngai, nake mũndũ o wothe ũrĩa ũũĩ Ngai nĩatũthikagĩrĩria; no ũrĩa wothe ũtoimĩte kũrĩ Ngai ndatũthikagĩrĩria. Ũguo nĩguo tũkũũranaga Roho ũrĩa wa ma, na roho ũrĩa wa maheeni.
Wendani wa Ngai na Witũ
74:7 1Joh 3:11Arata akwa endwa, nĩtwendanagei mũndũ na ũrĩa ũngĩ, nĩgũkorwo wendo uumaga kũrĩ Ngai. Mũndũ o wothe ũrĩa wendanaga, aciarĩtwo nĩ Ngai o na nĩoĩ Ngai. 8Mũndũ o wothe ũrĩa ũtendanaga ũcio ndooĩ Ngai, tondũ Ngai nĩ wendo. 94:9 Joh 3:16, 17Ũũ nĩguo Ngai oonanirie wendo wake harĩ ithuĩ: Nĩatũmire Mũriũ wake, o we wa mũmwe, gũkũ thĩ nĩgeetha tũtũũre muoyo nĩ ũndũ wake. 104:10 1Joh 5:11Ũyũ nĩguo wendo: ti atĩ nĩ ithuĩ twendire Ngai, nowe nĩwe watwendire, na agĩtũma Mũriũ wake atuĩke igongona rĩa kũhoroheria mehia maitũ. 11Arata akwa endwa, kuona atĩ Ngai nĩguo atwendete-rĩ, o na ithuĩ nĩtũkĩagĩrĩirwo twendanage. 124:12 Joh 1:18; 1Joh 4:8Gũtirĩ mũndũ ũrĩ ona Ngai; no tũngĩendana mũndũ na ũrĩa ũngĩ-rĩ, Ngai nĩatũũraga thĩinĩ witũ, naguo wendo wake ũgakinyanĩra thĩinĩ witũ.
13Ũndũ ũrĩa ũtũmaga tũmenye atĩ tũtũũraga thĩinĩ wake nake agatũũra thĩinĩ witũ, nĩ atĩ nĩatũheete Roho wake. 144:14 Joh 15:27; Luk 2:11Na nĩtuonete na tũkoimbũra atĩ Ithe witũ nĩatũmĩte Mũriũ atuĩke Mũhonokia wa thĩ yothe. 15Mũndũ o wothe angiumbũra atĩ Jesũ nĩ Mũrũ wa Ngai-rĩ, Ngai atũũraga thĩinĩ wake, nake agatũũra thĩinĩ wa Ngai. 164:16 1Joh 4:8Na nĩ ũndũ ũcio nĩtũmenyete na tũkehoka wendo ũrĩa Ngai atwendete naguo.
Ngai nĩ wendo. Mũndũ o wothe ũtũũraga endanĩte atũũraga thĩinĩ wa Ngai, nake Ngai atũũraga thĩinĩ wake. 17Ũguo nĩguo wendani ũkinyanagĩra thĩinĩ witũ nĩgeetha tũkaagĩa na ũũmĩrĩru mũthenya ũrĩa gũgaatuanĩrwo ciira, tondũ tũrĩ gũkũ thĩ nĩ tũhaanaine nake. 184:18 Arom 8:15Wendo ndũrĩ guoya. No wendo ũrĩa mũkinyanĩru nĩũingataga guoya, tondũ guoya ũkonainie na iherithia. Mũndũ ũrĩa wĩtigagĩra, ndatuagwo mũkinyanĩru thĩinĩ wa wendo.
19Ithuĩ twendanaga tondũ we nĩwe waambire gũtwenda. 204:20 1Joh 2:4Mũndũ angiuga atĩrĩ, “Nĩnyendete Ngai,” na nĩathũire mũrũ kana mwarĩ wa ithe-rĩ, ũcio nĩ wa maheeni. Nĩgũkorwo mũndũ o wothe ũtendete mũrũ wa ithe, ũrĩa atũire onaga, ndangĩhota kwenda Ngai, ũrĩa atarĩ oona. 21Nake nĩatũheete rĩathani rĩĩrĩ: Mũndũ o wothe wendete Ngai, no nginya ende mũrũ kana mwarĩ wa ithe o nake.