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1 John 4:1-3

clark thompson

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1 John 4:1-3

KJV1Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:3And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

WEB1Beloved, don’t believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.2By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,3and every spirit who doesn’t confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God, and this is the spirit of the Antichrist, of whom you have heard that it comes. Now it is in the world already.

These are my thoughts, please share yours.

1 We are loved by the Lord and often times we all have others who love us to. John is saying these words not to hurt but to help out of love not hate. We are not to believer everyone because there are many false teachers that claim to come in the name of the Lord. We are to test by the word and by what the Spirit shows us whether people are true or not this is not saying we are to judge them but saying it is wise to determine whether what they say is biblical or not, false teachers often times get away from scripture and then focus more on there teachings which later they hold to the same or even a higher standard then they do the bible, no word is higher then God’s word.

2 Most false teachers don’t accept the truth about Jesus it is with who He is or how we have salvation that is often where we can see if someone is a false teacher anything else they may not be right about but they could still be a teacher for the Lord just one with human error because we all except Jesus have human error. Saying salvation come thru Jesus plus or saying it comes by other means then Christ does not truly confess Jesus for who He fully is.

3 As Christians we have to battle the flesh. Often times false teachers are moved by the flesh but sometimes then could even be moved by more evil forces. AntiChrist is anything that stands against the truth of the Lord or anything that stands against Him. There are many who stands against the truth and what is right we have to watch out for them so we can stay the narrow way that Christ wants us to go down.