1 John Chapter 4

(1 John 4:1)
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
  • How does one try a spirit?
  • By being saved and being like a Berean, by checking with the Word of God
  • It is the only way to discern truth, not get deceived
  • If there were many false prophets then, how many more today in these last days?

(Acts 17:11)
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

(2 Timothy 2:15)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

(1 John 4:2-3)
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh 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.
  • This Jesus is not the Jesus of mankind's clever inventions, but rather God manifest in the flesh
  • To confess means more than just a verbal utterance, which is merely lipservice, but rather a heart acceptance

CONFESS', v.t.[L., to own or acknowledge.]
  1. To own, acknowledge or avow, as a crime, a fault, a charge, a debt, or something that is against one's interest, or reputation. Human faults with human grief confess.
    I confess the argument against me is good and not easily refuted.
    let us frankly confess our sins.
    "Confess thee freely of thy sins," used by Shakespeare, is not legitimate, unless in the sense of Catholics.
  2. In the Catholic Church, to acknowledge sins and faults to a priest; to disclose the state of the conscience to a priest, in private, with a view to absolution; sometimes with the reciprocal pronoun.
    The beautiful votary confessed herself to this celebrated father.
  3. To own, avow or acknowledge; publicly to declare a belief in and adherence to.
    Whoever shall confess me before men.
    Mat 10.
  4. To own and acknowledge, as true disciples, friends or children.
    Him will I confess before my father who is heaven.
  5. To own; to acknowledge; to declare to be true, or to admit or assent to in words; opposed to deny. Then will I confess to thee, that thine own right hand can save thee. Job 11.
    These-- confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on earth. Heb 11.
  6. To show by the effect; to prove; to attest.
    Tall thriving trees confessed the fruitful mold.
  7. To hear or receive the confession of another; as, the priest confessed the nuns.
CONFESS', v.i. To make confession; to disclose faults, or the state of the conscience; as, this man went to the priest to confess.

(Matthew 10:32)
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

(1 John 4:4)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
  • Again, John is speaking to believers who have the victory
  • We are on the side of the God who is all powerful
  • We have overcome already the antichrists of this world, who are many in number, because we are in Christ and HE has overcome the world
  • This is a comforting thought, because much of this world is not very comforting

(John 16:33)
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

(1 John 4:5)
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
  • The world does not want to understand what we say, naturally
  • It takes prayer and the Holy Ghost to open eyes and hearts, not worldly words and worldly wisdom

(John 8:23)
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

(John 18:36)
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

(John 10:16)
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

(John 10:27)
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

(1 John 4:6)
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
  • Unsaved people do not understand what we say, and cannot know or hear us
  • The Spirit of God, through God's Word, is how we know the truth-only!
  • Knowing the absolute truth is the only way to spot error, heresy

(1 Corinthians 2:14)
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(John 3:12)
If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

(1 John 4:7)
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
  • To show God, show love.......enemies, brethren, friends, all
  • Love is a verb, not a noun, to be acted upon.
  • Love does not mean that we are to be a doormat, standing by idle while someone takes advantage or harms our loved one(s)

(1 John 4:8)
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
  • The world cannot love in a godly way and in His Name, because they do not know Him
  • The world's idea of love today is fornication, temporary ties in marriage until it is time for divorce, idolatry, etc.
  • God's kind is what He Himself is and did for us unconditionally, sacrificially

(1 John 4:9)
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
  • The greatest gift of love was toward those who did not deserve it but needed it-US
  • God sent Jesus from a perfect Heaven to an evil, wicked, sinful world without hope

(1 John 4:10)
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  • There is no greater love
  • There is no greater love because there is no greater sin than disobeying God
  • Therefore, there can be no greater propitiation than doing the job Himself, through His Son the LORD Jesus Christ's death on an ugly Roman Cross at the behest of His own brethren, His own Creation

PROPITIATION, n. propisia'shon.
  1. The act of appeasing wrath and conciliating the favor of an offended person; the act of making propitious.
  2. 2. In theology, the atonement or atoning sacrifice offered to God to assuage his wrath and render him propitious to sinners. Christ is the propitiation for the sins of men. Rom 3. 1 John 2.

(1 John 4:11)
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
  • This is like Paul saying, "Now, therefore..."
  • If it was hard for God to die for us, how hard is it to die to self for others here in love in comparison?

(1 John 4:12)
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
  • Jesus told us that seeing Him was seeing the Father
  • Since God the Father is one with God the Spirit, we have the Father in us if we believe in the Son

(1 John 4:13)
Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
  • Since we have the Spirit of God in us, as promised, it is proof we are saved
  • We are in Christ and Christ is in our heart forever

(1 John 4:14)
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
  • John is an eyewitness, we are a witness to testify
  • Jesus came to save the whole world, but all of the world will not accept the gift of salvation, will not believe

(Matthew 7:14)
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

(1 John 4:15)
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
  • This confession must be genuine, not lip service, not on a schedule of a religion (i.e. teenage years-Roman Catholicism) not passed down through genetics, not "going to confession at a Roman Catholic Church", not just mouthing words ant an altar call
  • We dwell in Jesus Christ, we dwell in God, because Jesus Christ is God
  • We dwell in Jesus Christ, we dwell in God, the Father also

(1 John 4:16)
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
  • Living a life for Christ is a life of Love, a life for God
  • The love God has for us is in sending His only begotten Son to die for us on that Cross to pay for our sins

(1 John 4:17)
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
  • That day of that death of that Saviour on that Cross is the perfect example of love, sacrificial love
  • Our boldness in the day of judgment is, on earth, that we are blameless before God (striving to be before men blameless also)
  • Our boldness in the day of judgment is, in Heaven, where Jesus Christ will welcome us and not judge us for our sin(s)
  • Our boldness then should make us bold to proclaim Christ now in this life, since he is in us

(1 John 4:18)
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
  • To love anyone means not being afraid of loving them, not afraid of their reaction, not afraid if they will return that love or not, not afraid if they will even hate us, persecute us, etc.
  • Loving someone without fear of any consequences means that we cannot be tormented by that fear
  • Having fear means loving conditionally, imperfectly, with a motive to get something back

(1 John 4:19)
We love him, because he first loved us.
  • While we were alienated to God, He sent His Son, in perfect love, to save us and adopt us, without fear, in perfect love
  • This is the example for us to follow to love others, expecting nothing, unconditionally
  • Love is never to be confused with letting a person commit evil, as in children who disobey, and then spoiling them by not giving correction, s even God has to do that with us

(Proverbs 3:12)
For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

(Revelation 3:19)
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

(1 John 4:20)
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, 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?
  • Anyone can hate a brother, a stranger, or anyone else, but we are not walking in love if we do
  • Just as one cannot serve God and mammon (money), so we cannot serve God in love and hate our neighbor
  • To do otherwise is being a hypocrite, phony, as well as a liar
  • May the words "I love God but I hate you!" Never come out of our mouths

(Matthew 6:24)
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

(Matthew 5:43-44)
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

(Mark 12:31)
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

(1 John 4:21)
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
  • This is the sum of the matter, the horizontal and vertical parts of the Cross
  • The vertical part of that Cross, any wooden Cross, hold up the horizontal part, and the spiritual implication is that our relationship with God holds up our relationship with all of mankind, friend or foe

1 John 5


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