Spirit

7508 - Spirit of Antichrists

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In our last study we noted that John bids Christians to be aware of how to ascertain whether the teaching or statement of certain people is indeed a message from God’s Word is so valuable. It’s compared to gold and silver. So, let’s examine the riches of a section of the Word together today.

John was concerned for the young Church, which was about sixty years old and was beset with false teachers. Let’s get a picture of the false prophets, who may sometimes be called false teachers or antichrists.

First, let’s look at 1 John 4, verse 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.”

Notice that John relates false teaching to the influence of false spirits or evil spirits. This alerts us to the truth that evil spirits from Satan’s domain may influence, come upon or indwell certain men to use them to oppose the Kingdom of God in all its broad extension.

John tells us here that any spirit which does not acknowledge Jesus, is truthfully the spirit of antichrist.
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7506 - Test of Good Spirits

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In our last study we noted that John bids Christians to be aware of how to ascertain whether the teaching or statement of certain people is indeed a message from God or whether the declaration is another guided missile from the devil aimed to disturb or shoot down the faith of a weak or lame inquirer about the Son of God. John tells Christians that they are to know how to test the spirits to discern the truth in this matter.

How can we really tell if a statement is true, or whether the declaration is another thought from the intellect of man, which does not have the ring of truth?

Let me read 1 John 4, verse 2; then we can examine it.

“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit which acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.”

If this test is positive then we can be sure that the Holy Spirit is the stimulating power behind the utterance or writing of a doctrinal statement.

The test is this: Does the message acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh?
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7505 - Test the Spirits

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In our study of the first epistle of the Apostle John we have now completed the first three chapters. It is impressive to me that God waited until John was likely near 90 years old before the Holy Spirit inspired him to write his three epistles, the gospel of John and Revelation. Many people believe that all five books were written in the decade of the 90’s.

John’s concern was for the spiritual health and vitality of the Church. He was deeply concerned about false doctrines and beliefs which were luring many away from the sound foundation taught by Christ and then by those who knew Him.

Today let’s focus on 1 John 4, verse 1. It says:

“Dear friend, 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.”
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