“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:” 1 John 4.1-2
I think by now most of us have become experts at recognizing a “telemarketer” when one calls. They have gotten very creative and some of them SOUND very believable. The same kind of “spiritual telemarketer” hits us up on a daily basis – sometimes on an hourly basis. So John’s counsel here is critical to our everyday walk with the Lord.
Consider: “Beloved, believe not every spirit … ” I had a professor in college who gave this quote: “Sometimes the good becomes the enemy of the best.” Every idea that Satan presents isn’t always bad. It may sound “good” but you can be sure it is not “God’s best” for us. He continues: “try the spirits whether they are of God … ” Why would we be warned about that? Here’s the answer: “because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” In a world where we have access to almost everything, religious untruth abounds everywhere. Just because a person has the funds to pay for a national radio and/or TV ministry doesn’t mean they always speak the truth. Just because something SOUNDS good doesn’t mean that it IS good. Remember, “try the spirits … ”
Verse 2 gives us a sound bit of truth: “2Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:” God will ALWAYS make it clear when He is speaking to us. “2Hereby know ye … ”This is HOW we know. We must compare what we hear with what we KNOW is true from the Word of God. And the best way to do that is to read God’s Word daily. Just my thoughts …