I John 4:1

10.03.16 | Justin Dix |

Monday, October 3, 2016

The apostle John writes of the necessity of testing the belief system of those who claim to speak for Christ.

I John 4:1  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.  (NLT)

The purity of gold can be tested by using acid.  (This is where the term "acid test" comes from.)  24 karat gold resists all but the strongest of acids.  Similarly, Christ-followers are challenged to test the words or spirits of those who claim to speak for the Savior. 

Ray Stedman wrote, "There is the test.  First, the acknowledgement of the . . .  incarnation of the Son of God, His appearance in history as a man in the flesh . . . Now the second thing . . . There must be a commitment of life to the truth."  So, be prepared, know the Scriptures, and hold any who claim to speak for God to the Bible's high standard!














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