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1 John 4:1-6
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Q: What does John mean by "spirits?" Q: can you confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Christ but your life prove otherwise? (see 4:3) v.1-3 give us a command (v.1) which is to "test the spirits to see whether or not they are of God." vv.2-3 give us the criteria of how to test the spirits: specifically, those who confess that Jesus is the Christ (note the previous disssertation on lifestyle in previous verses) is of God, and those who do not confess Jesus is the Christ are not of God. v. 4 tells us to not be afraid of those "from the world," and we have overcome them (v.4), vv.5-6 explain why we should not be afraid of those who are from the world and give us the grounds for courage based on God being on our side and in us. The flow of the passage makes sense when you think of the previous context of passages. John's argument thus far has been mostly about separating those who claim to follow Christ from those who really do follow Christ. Look back to the ideas of "by this we know..." (3:19) and "whoever does this..." (3:7 etc.). Chapter four brings us the idea of testing the "spirits." By "spirits" I think John simply is referring to false Christians claiming their "false teachings" and "false religion." First, John tells us to "test the spirits" (v.3) and the manner by which we are to do so is to see whether or not they "confess" that Jesus is the Christ (vv. 2-3). Then John tells us that those who are of God "listen to us" (or the people of God, namely, God), and those who are of the world listen to the "world" (vv.5-6). John also encourages us to not be afraid of the false "christians" as God is in us, and is greater than "he" who is in the world (v.4). I believe the "he" mention in v. 4 to be the great deceiver, or he who ultimately has denied God and His Christ. This, we have a great fit of chp. 4 into the previous context. Testing the spirits or the false bretheren involves testing their confession? What does their mouth speak? Moreover, we must not only test that, but look to their lives, to whom do they listen? Once again, John leads us to the idea that confession lines up with action. Thus, we have knowledge of the Spirit of Truth or the spirit of error (v.6).
10000000091232 91232 Notes 2011-10-10 10:29:00 2011-10-10 13:02:15 Q: What does John mean by "spirits?" Q: can you confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Christ but your life prove otherwise? (see 4:3) v.1-3 give us a command (v.1) which is to "test the spirits to see whether or not they are of God." vv.2-3 give us the criteria of how to test the spirits: specifically, those who confess that Jesus is the Christ (note the previous disssertation on lifestyle in previous verses) is of God, and those who do not confess Jesus is the Christ are not of God. v. 4 tells us to not be afraid of those "from the world," and we have overcome them (v.4), vv.5-6 explain why we should not be afraid of those who are from the world and give us the grounds for courage based on God being on our side and in us. The flow of the passage makes sense when you think of the previous context of passages. John's argument thus far has been mostly about separating those who claim to follow Christ from those who really do follow Christ. Look back to the ideas of "by this we know..." (3:19) and "whoever does this..." (3:7 etc.). Chapter four brings us the idea of testing the "spirits." By "spirits" I think John simply is referring to false Christians claiming their "false teachings" and "false religion." First, John tells us to "test the spirits" (v.3) and the manner by which we are to do so is to see whether or not they "confess" that Jesus is the Christ (vv. 2-3). Then John tells us that those who are of God "listen to us" (or the people of God, namely, God), and those who are of the world listen to the "world" (vv.5-6). John also encourages us to not be afraid of the false "christians" as God is in us, and is greater than "he" who is in the world (v.4). I believe the "he" mention in v. 4 to be the great deceiver, or he who ultimately has denied God and His Christ. This, we have a great fit of chp. 4 into the previous context. Testing the spirits or the false bretheren involves testing their confession? What does their mouth speak? Moreover, we must not only test that, but look to their lives, to whom do they listen? Once again, John leads us to the idea that confession lines up with action. Thus, we have knowledge of the Spirit of Truth or the spirit of error (v.6). notes
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Beloved, do not believe every spirit,
but test the spirits to see whether they are from God,
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for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
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By this you know the Spirit of God:
every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,
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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.
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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.
They are from the world;
therefore they speak from the world,
and the world listens to them.
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[BUT] 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.
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10000000091232 91232 Arc 2011-10-10 10:29:00 2011-10-10 13:02:15 editing 1 John 4 1 4 6 1 John 4:1-6 62 NT esv i686417 i686418 i686419 i686420 i686400 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, i686401 but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, negativepositive 2 i686402 for many false prophets have gone out into the world. ground 1 i686421 i686422 i686403 By this you know the Spirit of God: i686404 every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, actionmanner 1 i686423 i686405 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. i686424 i686406 This is the spirit of the antichrist, i686407 which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. progression ideaexplanation 1 alternative actionmanner 1 i686425 i686426 i686408 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, i686409 for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ground 1 i686427 i686428 i686410 They are from the world; i686429 i686411 therefore they speak from the world, i686412 and the world listens to them. actionresult 2 inference 2 i686430 i686413 [BUT] We are from God. i686431 i686414 Whoever knows God listens to us; i686415 whoever is not from God does not listen to us. alternative inference 2 ground 1 ideaexplanation 1 i686416 By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. progression 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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