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Testing spirits

Posted by on May 26, 2010 in spirit/holy spirit | 3 comments

Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday. Since that first Pentecost after Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, the church (and each believer) has been indwelled by the Holy Spirit… the promise of God.

But, we know that there are other spirits at work in the world as well. So, John tells us to “test the spirits”… but how do we test them? He says:

Beloved, 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. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. (1 John 4:1-3 ESV)

Is this enough of a test for you?


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  1. 5-26-2010


    Initially, sufficient for me, but want to see that being a consistent testimony. In other words: Time will tell!

  2. 5-26-2010

    I have had the same question for years !!

    honestly today, virtually “everybody” in christianity say that “Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God”, … but we also know that a large part of what is said and practiced in so-called “church” is far from the Spirit of God…

    we need discernment so much, and the wisdom of God. Not our wisdom

  3. 5-27-2010

    A few years ago, I would have said no, that’s not suffiicient. There were certain doctrines That needed to be agreed to.

    Now I would say yes. If someone confesses that Jesus has come in the flesh, they are my brother or sister.

    To piggyback on the first two comments, I wonder though, if that confession should include practice and not just words.