Tonight we will continue doing the work of the Lord…You may ask, what is this that you mean to say? John 6:29 states clearly that “the work of the Lord is to believe in the ONE He sent.” It’s all about Christ Jesus folks.
Tonight we will cover some key points about 1 John 4:1-7.
Some words and phrases to highlight include:
-Testing the spirits
– Acknowledgement of Christ
-The worlds view
Verse 1: 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.
In the created world, there are 2 domains:
1. Truth/Christ Jesus the Lord
2. Or Deception/the devil
Believe means to accept as true or a firm conviction as to something’s goodness or ability”
Test means a critical evaluation or to ascertain something’s worth. It can also mean “to try”, like the phrase-to test the water.
Spirit is defined as a supernatural being, an essence, bodiless and invisible.
Keeping these definitions in mind let us move forward.
The Word of God Almighty clearly says in John 1:14 14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory…
Our Lord is not “bodiless”. He came in the flesh and was seen by His apostles, disciples, the Pharisees, the high priests, the soldiers, those He healed, those He fed, those He comforted, those to whom He preached and taught, and those He raised from the dead, those that tried Him, those that crucified Him, those that buried Him, those that saw Him resurrected, those He appeared to in the upper room and on and on…
Tonight’s lesson helps to prepare us for those we will come in contact with that doubt HIS coming, those who deny HIS fleshly appearance, and from false teachings, false prophets and from lies and demonic worldly infiltration.
Again, 1 John 4:1Dear 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.
John writes; “test the spirits”. Before you take a test, of course that is, if you plan to pass it…you study. None of us can afford to fail this test. This is not a test for a “grade” like an “A-B-C”…NO! This test is a pass or fail test…Pass equals eternal life with our Dear Lord Jesus Christ the only Son of the Father. Fail equals “God’s wrath forever and ever!
Remember, hell is a big place with lots of vacancy and there is a lot of room there for those who do not acknowledge our Christ. For those who do not believe in their heart that He is God and that He came in the flesh.
Further, John speaks of “Many false prophets that have gone into the world”…You can see this fact for yourself every waking moment, look around.
We not only need to test the spirits, but we need also to test ourselves…Paul the Apostle testifies to this in 2 Corinthians 13:5 “Test yourselves to see whether you are in the faith”… Dear friends we need to be accurate in our teaching and witnessing to others.
Be like a Berean: Acts 17:11 11Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
***(This is the answer) 1 John 4:2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
Do you believe this? If so, Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! You are “from God”.
However, if you don’t, Oh oh! The flames of hell are waiting for you…
1 John 4:3 but 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.
I have read in a commentary that worldwide there are over 5,000 cults and a multitude of false teachings and teachers that teach horrible lies and deceptions to billions of people who listen to them and obey their lying tongues!
I have heard a leading evangelist say that in the U.S.A. alone, there are over 2,000 people who claim to be Jesus Christ!!!
My friends test everything you hear!
As I had taught in the past, from 1 Kings 18:19-22 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
There were a total of 850 false prophets and false teachings and false gods and false everything here…but out of all this falsehood, One prophet of God Almighty stood alone (or so it would seem), Elijah. Our God, through the hands of Elijah, knew how to deal with lying fanatics who slander and misrepresent our Lord Jesus Christ and lead people to damnation!
Read for yourselves how God dealt with these blaspheming demoniacs in 1Kings 18:40 40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.
Don’t be fooled Saints…behind every teaching is a teacher, and behind every teacher is a spirit…Test that spirit to see if it is the Spirit of JESUS CHRIST or of the evil one.
For more on this subject write to us and mention: From testing of the spirits to love.
Be blessed in the Name above all names, Jesus Christ who came in the flesh and dwelt among us…the ONLY SON OF GOD!