test the spirit

17 Nov

161117Beloved, 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. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world. Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for 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. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1-6, NRSV)

How do we really know if a spirit is from God? If it confesses Jesus.

Well, do you know someone who confesses Jesus as their Lord and Savior that does not believe exactly what you believe? And if so which of you has the spirit from God and which doesn’t?

It’s like this picture. I found it on the internet so it is obviously true. I mean who would put something on the internet if it wasn’t true. I just never knew cows could swim! But they can’t, so it can’t be true…

So who is right and who is leading another astray? Or are they leading someone astray and we just have different understandings?

I mean read the book of Acts and you will see that even the early church, the disciples, couldn’t agree on things.

The most important thing is Jesus, died for us, and rose again, and will come back and take us to Him. The rest let’s let God figure out and share His love so all will come to be enveloped in it.


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