1st John 4
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come [to dwell in us through God’s spirit and will do the same thing in us that he has always done, keeping the whole Word of God and doing the whole Will of God: is the spirit of Christ] in the flesh is of God.
How do we know if a spirit is the Holy Spirit of Almighty God?
Every spirit or every prophet or every person who confesses that Jesus Christ is literally dwelling in us through the Holy Spirit, and is keeping the whole Word and Will of God the Father with Christ-like zeal in us; is the true spirit of God!
Because Christ dwelling in us would still be keeping the whole Word and Will of God the Father as he has always done; anyone who confesses that the spirit of God and the spirit of Jesus Christ is dwelling literally in our flesh, and empowering us to zealously keep all of God’s commandments, the whole Word of God: is of God.
3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, [Any man or spirit that does not teach that Jesus Christ is keeping his Father’s commandments while he is dwelling in us, anyone who says we do not need to keep every single aspect of the whole Word and Will of God in Christ-like zeal without any compromise and without any hint of turning aside:] IS NOT OF GOD, and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. . . .
Any person, or any spirit that comes along and says, “You cannot keep all of God’s commandments. The flesh is too weak. You cannot do it. It’s not necessary.” That person is an antichrist. He is against Jesus Christ, he is against God. He is not of God! This is the spirit of rebellion against God, the spirit of Satan!
Of course the flesh is weak and cannot overcome on its own; which is why God gave us the spirit of God to dwell in us to strengthen us to overcome as Christ overcame. It is by he spirit of Jesus Christ dwelling in us, that we are empowered to keep all of God’s commandments, and God’s spirit will lead us into a passionate love and zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God!
Does that mean your foot will never slip?
No. It means that if you do make an unintentional mistake, you will quickly repent as soon as you find out about it. Like David did when he committed his sin with Bathsheba and his eyes were blinded by his lust. And later, the prophet Nathan came to him and his eyes were open and he saw himself as God saw him and he quickly repented.
Even so, we need to quickly repent, as soon as we see our error. So, every person, or prophet, or spirit; that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come and dwelling in our flesh, by the spirit of God; and claims that Christ is not keeping the commandments in us as he has always kept the Word of God the Father, such a person or spirit is an antichrist.
. . . Whereof you have heard that antichrist should come; and even now already is in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome antichrist [We overcome sin not by our own strength but by the Holy Spirit of obedience to God and Christ; dwelling in us because greater is he that is in you. [That is, God in us, Christ in us through the indwelling Holy Spirit is greater the spirit of rebellion against God which is antichrist] than he that is in the world, [which is the spirit of Satan the Adversary and arch rebel against God.]
Those who compromise with God’s commandments are worldly and NOT of God.
5 They are of the world, [that is, of this Satanic society, spiritual Egypt and Babylon] therefore, speak they, the things of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God if we do God’s will and keep his Word]: he that knows God [is of God] hears us [hears the scriptures and accepts the truth of the whole Word of God]; he that is not of God does not hear us . . . .
The wicked do not accept the scriptures and chose follow their own false ways; despising truth and running after falsehoods. This is how we are to discern between the wicked and the godly; by their diligence to reject all error and accept the truth of the whole Word and Will of God.
.. . . Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
We should love GOD first and then others, as Christ gave himself for all humanity. For love is the keeping of the whole Word of God; which Word defines how we are to behave towards and towards humanity.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. 8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love. 9 In this was manifested, the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world [to die for us] that we might live through him.
If we do not keep the whole Word and Will of God, we do NOT love God; and if we say that we love God and do not do what God says, we are paying lip service and not loving with deeds, therefore our love is only a verbal pretense.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
God set us an example in giving his only begotten Son to die for us, and Christ set us an example in dying for us in obedience to God the Father, that we should also live by every Word of God.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we are also to love one another.
Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time [That is, God the Father]. If we love one another [according to God’s definition of love], God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us.
God’s spirit is given to those who obey him, Acts 5.
If we turn from our sin, sincerely repent, and turn away from sinning, the sacrifice of Christ can be applied to us. And then we can have access to the Father and he will give us his spirit to dwell in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit [which empowers us to overcome sin and to internalize the very nature of God through the keeping of the Will and the whole Word of God]. 14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love [therefore God’s Word and Will are love and the definition of godly love]; and he that [keeps the whole Word of God is filled with God’s love] dwelleth in love dwells in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, . . .
Love is made perfect in us, through our zealous keeping of the Will and the whole Word of God, to internalize in ourselves the nature God which is love, and if we diligently follow God we may approach God with boldness and not with the knowledge of guilt for trespassing the Word of God]
. . . . that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. [We become like God only by doing what God does and tells us to do; and we are to become like Christ, obeying the Father and internalizing the nature of God through the zealous keeping of the whole Word and Will of God]. 18 There is no fear [of God] in love; but perfect love [which is the keeping of the whole Word and Will of God, casts out all fear of being condemned by God’s judgment] cast out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.
We love God by keeping his commandments. And we love our fellowmen by keeping God’s commandments. And if we faithfully keep God’s Word, we need have no fear of God’s righteous wrath against those who practice wickedness.
It is when we are breaking God’s commandments that we should fear being judged, of being condemned by God, because we have consciousness of guilt.
“He that fears the condemnation of God is not made perfect in love.” That is, he does not perfectly keep the commandments of God, which are the definition of love.
Brethren; this has been twisted by many bullying elders to try and say that those who are afraid of their abuse, are the ones who have a problem.
Brethren, this scripture is referring to the fear of judgment from God. If a lion roar outside your tent you might fear, you might fear evil from the bully, but you need not fear the anger of God if you are pleasing him by keeping all of his Will and Word.
God is a God of LOVE, God loves all of his children. He is loath to discipline his children and only does so to turn them away from hurting his other children, or as a last resort to save them when they go astray.
Many fear the coming Great Tribulation and speak of a rapture, or place of safety; to avoid this correction.
The tribulation is nothing compared to eternity! The tribulation is a merciful correction and humbling of the wicked to bring them to accept the whole Word and Will of God the Father; which will be taught by Christ and his chosen when they come. The purpose of the tribulation is to afflict the flesh to save the spirit unto eternal life! The way to eternal life and to avoid correction from God, is to correct ourselves and be diligent for God’s ways.
The only way to avoid God’s correction is to sincerely repent and begin to accept the truth, correcting ourselves so that God does not need to correct us. This is the way to spiritual safety and eternal life.
19 We love him because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother [any other person], he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from God, that he who loveth God should love his brother also.