Today you should read: 1 John 4:1-6
… there are many false prophets in the world. (v.1)
Don’t believe everyone who quotes the Bible or says something that sounds like it could be from God. (v.1)
Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. (v.1)
Christians are easily duped – often we believe what we read, hear in a sermon, or on a podcast without comparing it with Scripture. (Acts 17:11) We are living in dangerous days. It’s critical that you know the Bible – know what truth is – and test everything.
Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:22-23
The Deity of Christ is the litmus test. (v.2-3)
If someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. (v.3)
The Deity of Jesus is essential to salvation and everything about what we believe.
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Be careful with this – even cults claim Jesus was a prophet, a good teacher, or even “a son of God” – this isn’t the same. Jesus was fully God and fully man. He is THE Son of God.
I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 4
God within you is greater than the power of Satan in the world. (v.4)
…the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. (v.4)
We have nothing to fear. God lives in us to confirm the truth or lies around us through the power of His Holy Spirit.
Lost people speak like Lost people . (v.5)
Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. (v.5)
This is OK – but it’s NOT OK when we, as Christ-followers believe it or even repeat these lies ourselves. Make sure you’re in God’s Word everyday so that you know truth and you speak truth to your family and friends around you.
Posted by: Tim Parsons