1st John (part 7)

1ST JOHN (PART 7) TEST THE SPIRITS

 (PASTOR LEE JACKSON )

I)     INTRODUCTION –  HAVE YOU EVER WATCHED OR LISTENED TO A PASTOR OR TEACHER ON TV OR RADIO AND THOUGHT SOMETHING DOES NOT SEEM RIGHT ABOUT HIS / HER TEACHING OR YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE WITHTHE MOTIVATION UNDERLYING THE TEACHING EVEN THOUGH HE / SHE IS CITING SCRIPTURE?  PERHAPS YOU ARE DUBIOUS ABOUT THE EXISTANCE OF EVIL SPIRITS.  YOU NEED TO READ THE GOSPELS AGAIN OF THE MANY ENCOUNTERS THAT JESUS HAD WITH EVIL SPIRITS.  WHERE DO YOU THINK THEY WENT TO?  I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THEY ARE STILL AROUND OPPRESSING AND POSSING PEOPLE JUST AS THEY DID WHEN JESUS WALKED THE EARTH.

II)    TEXT: 1JOHN 4:1-6 (KJV).

III)   DO NOT BELIEVE EVERY SPIRIT, BUT TEST & EXAMINE THE SPIRITS (1)

A)   EXAMINE THE WHAT IS BEING SAID AGAINST GOD’S WORD.

B)   EVEN HERE WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL, REMEMBER SATAN USED GOD’S WORD TO TEMPT JESUS IN THE WILDERNESS.

C)   JESUS RECOGNIZED IN EACH CASE THAT SATAN WAS USING GOD’S WORD OUT OF CONTEXT OR TO ACHIEVE AN EVIL END.

D)   EXAMINE & TEST NOT ONLY WHAT IS BEING SAID BUT THE MOTIVATION, PURPOSE & END OF WHAT IS BEING SAID: “WHAT IS THIS PERSON TRYING TO GET YOU TO THINK, SAY OR DO”.  DOES IT LINE UP WITH GOD’S WORD?

E)   JOHN, PETER, PAUL & JESUS RECOGNIZED THAT BEFORE CHRIST RETURNS MANY FALSE PROPHETS  & TEACHERS WILL ENTER THE CHURCH

F)    THE TOLERANCE FOR UNBIBLICAL TEACHING WILL GREATLY INCREASE IN THE CHURCH TOWARD THE END OF THE AGE, BEFORE JESUS RETURNS.

G)   IN THIS LETTER, JOHN WARNED OF THAT ANITCHRISTS HAD ALREADY COME (1JOHN 1:18-19),  SEE ALSO 2PETER 2:1-3, JUDE 3-4, MATT 24:11-12, 2TIM 3:12-13, 4:2-3)

IV)  HOW YOU RECOGNIZE THAT A SPIRIT IS NOT FROM GOD (2-3)

A)   HERE WE READ: “EVERY SPIRIT THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT JESUS CHRIST CAME IN THE FLESH IS FROM GOD.”

B)   CONVERSELY, EVERY SPIRIT THAT DENYS THAT JESUS CHRIST CAME IN THE FLESH IS THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST.

C)   YOU MAY WONDER HOW THAT CAN BE.  AFTER ALL THE ANTICHRIST IS TO APPEAR ON THE SCENE AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD, CALLED THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE, JUST BEFORE CHRIST RETURNS TO EARTH TO SET UP HIS MILLENIAL KINGDOM.

D)   REMEMBER THAT THIS ANTICHRIST IS JUST A MAN, IT IS THE POWER & INTELLIGENCE OF SATAN THAT MAKES HIM SO FORMIDIBLE.   THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST ORIGINATES WITH SATAN HIMSELF.

E)   THE LAST PART OF VERSE 3:  “YOU HAVE HEARD THAT HE IS COMING AND EVEN NOW IS ALREADY IN THE WORLD”

V)   GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD (4-5)

A)    THEY HAVE OVERCOME THEM (EVIL SPIRITS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD FOR THE VERY PURPOSE OF ATTACKING GOD’S CHILDREN & TRYING TO FRUSTRATE THE PURPOSES OF GOD: EPHESIANS 2:2: .WHEREIN IN TIME PAST YE WALKED ACCORDING TO THE COURSE OF THIS WORLD, ACCORDING TO THE COURSE OF THIS WORLD, ACCORDING TO THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR, THE spirit THAT NOW WORKETH IN THE CHILDREN OF THE DISOBEDIENCE : SEE ALSO: EPHESIANS 6:10-12

B)   PAUL ONCE REFERED TO THESE AS THE BEASTS OF EPHESUS (1COR 15:32)

C)   THESE SPIRITS ARE FROM THE WORLD, THEY SPEAK OF THINGS FROM THE WORLD’S VIEW POINT AND THE WORLD AGREES WITH THEM.

D)   REMEMBER WHAT JOHN SAID EARLIER: 1Jn 2:15-17:   LOVE NOT THE WORLD, NEITHER THE THINGS THAT ARE IN THE WORLD.  IF ANY MAN LOVE THE WORLD, THE LOVE OF THE FATHER IS NOT IN HIM.  16 FOR ALL THAT IS IN THE WORLD, THE LUST OF THE FLESH, AND THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE, IS NOT OF THE FATHER, BUT IS OF THE WORLD.  17AND THE WORLD PASSETH AWAY, AND THE LUST THEREOF:  BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF GOD ABIDETH FOREVER.

VI)  CONCLUSION – OUR GREATEST WEAPON IS KNOWING & OBEYING GOD’S WORD: 2 COR 10:3-6:   FOR THOUGH WE WALK IN THE FLESH, WE DO NOT WAR AFTER THE FLESH: 4(FOR THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL, BUT MIGHTY THROUGH GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS;) 5CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTETH ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND BRINGING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST; 6AND HAVING A READINESS TO REVENGE ALL DISOBEDIENCE, WHEN YOUR OBEDIENCE IS FULFILLED.  LASTLY: 1ST CORINTHIANS  12 GIVES A LIST OF NINE SPIRITUAL GIFTS OR GIFTS GIVEN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.  ONE OF THOSE GIFTS IS THE GIFT OF DISCERNMENT.

 

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