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I am writing these things so that. The Letters of John. Life. Light. First John 3:24-4:6 Page 1036 in Pew Bibles. Love. Confidence. Born of God. That you may know. First John 3:24-4:6 Page 1036 in Pew Bibles.

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I am writing these things so that

The Letters of John

Life

Light

First John 3:24-4:6

Page 1036 in Pew Bibles

Love

Confidence

Born of God

That you may know


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First John 3:24-4:6Page 1036 in Pew Bibles

  • The one who keeps His commands remains in Him, and He in him. And the way we know that He remains in us is from the Spirit He has given us.

  • 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.


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  • This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.

  • But every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now.


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  • You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

  • They are from the world. Therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them.


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  • We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us; anyone who is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.


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How to Distinguish the Spirits

First John 3:24-4:6

Page 1036 in Pew Bibles


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Many Spirits

  • Vs. 1 “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits”

  • Holy Spirit

  • Angels are spiritual beings

  • Demonic spirits

  • Human spirits – can operate as instruments of supernatural spirits

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Differing Spirits Produce Differing Results

  • Vs. 6 “The Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.”

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We Have a Duty to Distinguish Between the Spirits

  • Vs. 1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

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We Have a Duty to Distinguish Between the Spirits

  • Vs. 1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Word used of checking precious metals, like gold or silver, to verify their genuineness

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We Have a Duty to Distinguish Between the Spirits

  • Vs. 1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Message: “Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you”

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Gary Burge

“We cannot accept all things in the interest of accepting all people.”

“Practically speaking, when I send my daughters to Sunday School, I deserve the assurance that the teacher in the class is not there simply because she is the only one who volunteered. The church must guarantee that those who teach are theologically and spiritually qualified to do so.”

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Four Ways to Distinguish the Spirits

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1. What They Say About Jesus

  • Vs. 2-3 “This is how you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. But every spirit who does not confess Jesus is not from God…”

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Non-Proofs

  • Just because it is supernatural doesn’t mean it is of God

    • Evil spirits can counterfeit miracles, answers to prayer, and experiences

  • Just because you “feel” something doesn’t mean it is of God

    • Excitement, confident, energetic preaching

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The Jesus Test

  • “Every spirit who confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God”

  • Jesus is the promised Messiah: “Christ”

  • Jesus existed before He came: “has come”

  • Jesus is God and became a man: “come in the flesh”

    • Jesus is just as much God as if He were never man, and is just as much man as if He were never God.

  • You can say good things about Jesus without saying enough

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2. Which Force Energizes Them

  • Vs. 3 “…This is the spirit of the spirit of the antichrist; you have heard that he is coming, and he is already in the world now.”

  • 1st Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons”

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Energized by the Holy Spirit

  • 3:24 “And the way we know that He remains in us is from the Spirit He has given us.”

  • Vs. 4 “You have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

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Energized by the Holy Spirit

  • 3:24 “And the way we know that He remains in us is from the Spirit He has given us.”

  • Vs. 4 “You have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Overcome their deceptiveness, instead of being deceived and brought into bondage

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3. The Source of their Message

  • Vs. 5-6 “They are from the world. Therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us; anyone who is not from God does not listen to us.”

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3. The Source of their Message

  • Vs. 5-6 “They are from the world. Therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us; anyone who is not from God does not listen to us.”

“From” – literally, “Coming out from”

Amp: “They proceed from the world”

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4. Their Sphere of Influence

  • Vs. 5-6 “They are from the world. Therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us; anyone who is not from God does not listen to us.”

  • Message: “These people belong to the Christ-denying world. They talk the world's language and the world eats it up.”

  • One way to measure a teacher is by who’s following them

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John R. W. Stott

“The world recognizes its own people and listens to a message which originates in its own circle. This explains their popularity.”

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