1 John 4:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 John 4:13, NIV: This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.

1 John 4:13, ESV: By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

1 John 4:13, KJV: Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

1 John 4:13, NASB: By this we know that we remain in Him and He in us, because He has given to us of His Spirit.

1 John 4:13, NLT: And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.

1 John 4:13, CSB: This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.

What does 1 John 4:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John gives further evidence of someone who has true fellowship with Christ in this verse. The Holy Spirit is the sign of our true faith. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 3:16, "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?" Second Timothy 1:14 makes reference to "the Holy Spirit who dwells within us." Those who don't display this Spirit need to examine their relationship with Christ—at worst, they may not have one at all.

If a person has God's Spirit, he or she has Jesus, too. John has already taught that the one who has the Father has the Son. Here he adds that the one with the Spirit also has the Son. All three persons of the triune God are involved in our salvation. God sent the Son to provide salvation. The Spirit lives within us to help us live for Christ at the point of salvation and beyond. All three persons are involved in the life of the believer.