We are at War - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-17
Test the Spirit - 1 John 4:1-3
We are From God - 1 John 4:4-6
2:3 - By this we know that we have come to know him…
Test - we keep his commandments.
2:5 - By this we may know that we are in him
Test - walk in the same way in which he walked.
3:10 - By this it is evident who are the children of God and who are the children of the devil
Test - Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
3:16 - By this we know love ...
Test - He laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
3:19 - By this we shall know that we are of the truth…
Test - Love in deed and in truth.
3:24 - By this we know that he abides in us,
Test - by the Spirit whom he has given us.
1 John 4:1-6 is the test continued: Spirit of God vs spirit of antichrist
To test, examine, prove, scrutinize, judge.
What are we testing?
Holy Spirit: Spirit from God, Spirit of truth
“Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God” (vs 2)
Spirit of antichrist: spirits from the world/false prophets; spirit of error
“Every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God”