A (1-3a) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist,
B (3b) whereof ye have heard that it should come;
C (3c) and even now already is it in the world.
D (4) 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.
C’ (5) They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
B’ (6a) We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.
A’ (6b) Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.