[Day 18] A Study of 1 John

Top Level Notes for 1 John 4:1-5

Verse 1: There is but one Spirit of Truth and one spirit of the antichrist.

  • All men’s teaching must be tested by the word of God.
  • There are many false teachers/prophets: They went out from us but they were not OF us.

Verse 2: This is how you know if some is of the Spirit of Truth:

  • Every Spirit which confesses and acknowledges the fact that Jesus Christ [actually] has become man and come in the flesh, is of God, and has God as His source.
    • In a man’s teaching he must openly confess in public what is true.
    • Rome, by the doctrine of the immaculate conception of the virgin Mary, denies Christ’s proper humanity.

Verse 3: In contrast, every spirit which does not openly and publicly acknowledge that Jesus has come in the flesh is not of God.

  • This non-confession is the spirit of the antichrist.
  • We know him to be coming and is in fact already in the world.

Verse 4: I AM of God, I BELONG to Him

  • Through the death of Jesus the antichrist (and his agents) have already been defeated.
  • God, Who lives in me, is mightier and greater than he who is in the world.

Verse 5: They (the false prophets) proceed from the world and ore of the world (not of God) ->

  • Because of this, it is out of this world that they speak…not out of God
  • This world listens and pays attention to them
  • Satan loves the false teacher/prophet who can lead astray the lost; better yet confuse, the righteous.

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