1. Our minds and beliefs can be easily influenced.
2. Question everything you read and hear.
3. Confession of Jesus is more than just saying the words.
4. If the world completely accepts everything we teach we might want to rethink what we are teaching.
5. We don’t have to be afraid to stand up for the truth, God is greater!
Questions for further thought or discussion:
- Why do you think John used the word “spirits” in describing the false prophets?
- Besides just questioning, how else can we “test the spirits”?
- Have you ever had to change a long-held belief? Why did you change?
- Is antichrist something we should fear?
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.