Test The Spirits (1 John 4:1-6)

Hello there.

Please go ahead and read through the passage we are looking at today.

Test the Spirits

[1] Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. [2] By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, [3] and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. [4] Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. [5] They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. [6] We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1-6 ESV)

I’m going to do what I did last week, I will look at each individual verse and share what I think the meaning is, and maybe a few of my own thoughts.

Verse One

Do not believe everything you hear, but test everything with God’s word to see if they are aligned with the truth, because many false teachers have gone into the world. I think this reminder is very relevant in our culture, we have seen many things that may seem good, but are rather not good, in fact are contradictory to what is laid out for us in the Bible. Remember you need to have a good understanding of God’s word in order for you to protect against these false teachings.

Verse Two

We also can know that those who confess Christ totally human and totally God came to earth. Those who teach this and are willing to proclaim this surely are of God.

Verse Three

And, about the people who do not confess that Jesus is God, we can know that this is a spirit of the anti-Christ. Whom is in the world even now, dwelling among us.

Verse Four

In verse four, John gives us hope. By telling us that we are on the winning team we can have the confidence and the faith to persevere even through difficulties and any other trials that we face, because He who is in us, is greater than He who is living in the world.

Verse Five

They, (speaking about those who don’t follow God), are from the world, that’s why they speak and the world listens to them. Because those who are not following God are listening to the evil one, we shouldn’t expect any more.

Verse Six

We who are truly Christians, are from God, we need to know that whoever is not from God isn’t supposed to listen to us, now I believe God can use our words to soften the unbelievers heart, but we can’t let this get us down when we feel like our words are doing no good. First of all we need to be persistent, and second we need to pray.

I feel this has been a good study, please comment and share your own thoughts from this study.

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-Zachary

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2 thoughts on “Test The Spirits (1 John 4:1-6)

  1. I have been enjoying your study so far. With today’s study if we will just keep focused on knowing the truth from God’s word we will quickly and easily recognize any falsehood that is presented no matter how little it is.
    Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks, its good to hear you’ve been enjoying the study. You’re right, I believe it is necessary for all Christians to have a good understanding and knowledge of the truth, in order for them to understand which teachings are false, from those that are true.

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