The Book of 1 John is a very practical book. This week we will learn to try the spirits and many aspects of love.
God reveals the secret of being able to discern between the Spirit of God and the spirit of the antichrist. This will help us to separate truth from error. We are over-comers in Christ.
Try the spirits (4:1-6)
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:3 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, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 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.5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
The result of this passage is that we can boldly go and tell people about Jesus. Why? Jesus Christ lives in us. We know truth from evil and have overcome the wicked one. We have the message of salvation. What Jesus did for us He can do for others.
Go tell someone about Jesus.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001