Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 1 John 4:1-3
Continuing yesterday’s post on How to discern the “other voices”?……
What is the principle hidden in the command to “…test the spirits whether they are of God…By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.…” Let us unveil it…
It is the testimony of the Word of God that declares the incarnation and the reality that God became flesh and dwelt among us and we called Him Immanuel…Jesus Christ!
The principle thus unveiled here is this: the test of all things must be the infallible standard of the written word handed down to us through the agency of the Holy Spirit!
If we begin to accept any other standard but this, we open up ourselves and court the fringes of deception. We open up our doors to be overrun by myriad forms of sophistry and trickeries. We cannot have it any other way. Our surest absolute defense is the written Word of God: the revealed word of God handed down to us through the agency of the Holy Spirit…
Therefore, when we hear prophets speak and hear many great and swell pronouncements, let us adopt the spirit of the Bereans, and try all these by the litmus test of the written Word…illumined by the power of the Holy Spirit… He is our Helper!
This is how we shall unveil every hidden deception, and cause to be made manifest every contrary spirit , thought or principle…this is how we make ineffective the deceptions of the arch-deceiver.
We have the most sublime example in the FirstBorn…let us remember “It is written”! For therein is demonstrated to us the safe proof and surest way to navigate the murky waters of darkness’s deception.
He is our Helper!