What does it mean to “test the spirits”?
A man named Britton posted the following Scriptures without saying anything further:
1 John 4:1-6 NLT
(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.
(2) This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God.
(3) But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.
(4) But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
(5) Those people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them.
(6) But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.
Britton, to these words, I give a hearty “AMEN!” Except that one must be careful about the words speaking of Jesus coming in a human body. The wording of this translation can mislead, suggesting that if one only believes Jesus Christ came in the flesh 2000 years ago or so, we should know that person has the Spirit of God.
If this is true, then Popes of Rome, Catholic, Orthodox and so many other nominal Christian churches have had the Spirit. One would have to acknowledge that the LDS (Mormons) have the Spirit, Benny Hinn, Billy Graham and so many other false ones have the Spirit. I know by the Lord this simply isn’t true.
I also believe God appeared in the flesh 2000 years ago, coming in the form of man – Jesus Christ/Yeshua HaMashiach. I know this to be perfectly true. If that is how you interpret John’s words, then you would have to acknowledge that I also have the Spirit of God, right? And if John was speaking of Christ coming in a human body 2000 years ago and you believed that was what he meant, I would have to acknowledge that you also have the Spirit of God.
But can that be what John meant? Obviously not. JOHN WAS SPEAKING OF A WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT. He was speaking of Jesus Christ dwelling and coming in a person, a believer, a true Christian. He was speaking of Jesus Christ being in members of His Body, of His followers, the saints, those in Christ that have believed ever since Jesus Christ came at Pentecost when He entered His saints and all believers to this day.
Christ is in me and those who can receive that witness and confess that Christ is in me are of God. Those who can heartily discern and acknowledge that Christ dwells in any person (if He does indeed do so), are of God. If Christ dwells in me and you deny it, you aren’t of God; if you know and confess that He lives in me, you are of God.
Can there be any question that what I say is what John meant?
From: John To: The Path of Truth Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 2:03 AM Subject: False Prophet Article Authored by Paul and Victor regarding Jan Boshoff Dear Pathfinder, In regard to blog post regarding prophet Jan Boshoff (https://www.thepathoftruth.com/false-teachers/jan-boshoff.htm). I regret I do not write with praise report. My mother may have fallen prey to said false prophet. She has gone MIA, closed Facebook account, cell phone off, joint (mother/father) bank account record suggest plurality of money transaction to Jan Boshoff. My mother has sought God her entire life. Now I worry for her safety and well-being as her health may be at risk of peril due to projected thought of imminent doom. I would appreciate contact with principal author (s), "Jan Boshoff - A False Prophet Gets a Lesson about True Prophets" whom I believe is Victor Hafichuk and Paul Cohen. Please contact me day or night: <email removed> (XXX) XXX-XXXX (PST) Best Regards, John (Son - Age 38) [Paul Cohen and John talked on the phone at the end of August.] From: Paul Cohen To: John Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2016 1:28 PM Subject: Re: False Prophet Article Authored by Paul and Victor regarding Jan Boshoff Hi John, Did you find out what happened to your mother? Would appreciate hearing from you. Paul From: John To: Paul Cohen Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2016 4:12 PM Subject: Re: False Prophet Article Authored by Paul and Victor re...
From: E.C. To: The Path of Truth Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 11:54 PM Subject: My likely bad questions and misconceived notions. Hello and greetings in Christ our Lord and savior! I happened upon your website today as I was researching Francis Chan. I honestly don't know much about the man. In any case I spent a number of hours reading numerous things on your site and I find myself both delighted and also perplexed. You don't believe in the Trinity? I must confess it is one of the hardest things ever to try and explain to anyone and I see why you would rather just call it blasphemy...but I wonder if maybe it's just miscommunication on mans part to properly explain the person of God. We see Him in scripture clearly as "God the Father, God the Son ,and God the Holy Spirit" yet we also know according to scripture that God is ONE...Jesus said "My Father and I are one"...yet He also said know one comes to the Father but through me...giving a clear picture of distinct separation. Also the Bible says that Jesus intercedes for us...does He intercede on our behalf to Himself? In the Shema or Deuteronomy we see the Lord is One...but then in John we see Jesus as the Word becoming flesh. He is the Word, the creating force in Genesis...but we see a clear picture of all three when He is baptized, Jesus the Son, God the father speaking from heaven and the Dove descending as the Holy Spirit. I believe that God is one and three..all the same. God is Jesus, Jesus is God, God is ...
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