The Real Jesus.
1 John 4:1-6
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.
John is instructing all of us who believe how to avoid be deceived by people claiming to speak for God but are not His representatives. There are many so called gods in this world, but only one God who is the Creator and Savior of sinful people. We who believe in Jesus Christ the Creator and Savior God need to test all who claim to speak for God, but instead speak for one of the many false gods worshiped by people.
The test: Does the prophet confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh? Does the prophet confess that Jesus is truly God and truly man as John wrote in John 1:1-3, 14, “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the word was God....All things were made through Him….The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us.”
Every prophet that does not confess Jesus as fully God and fully man has the spirit of the antichrist, who speaks according to the ways of this world that is characterized by evil (Galatians 1:4). The false prophets will be listened to by the world. The prophets that confess Jesus is truly God and man will be listened to by true believers. The false prophets speak error. The true prophets speak truth.
When we are dealing with people speaking for God, we need to find out who they say Jesus is. If they say Jesus is the Creator and Savior who became a man to save His people from their sins, then they are true prophets. If they deny Jesus is the Creator God and Savior of the world, they are false and not to be listened to. The Mormons, Baha’i, Jehovah Witnesses, and Muslims are of the spirit of the antichrist since they do not confess Jesus as the Creator and Savior of the world. They confess a different Jesus. We as believers need to know who Jesus is. If people do not confess the true Jesus, they are not to be listened to (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).
May you know the real Jesus.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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