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Test The Spirits. The Spirit From God Confesses Christ

Beloved, do not be believing every spirit, but be testing the spirits[a] to see if they are from God, because many false-prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know[b] the Spirit[c] of God: every spirit that is confessing Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh is from God.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 4:1 That is, spiritual manifestations; expressions of a professed ‘spiritual gift’, as this word is used in 1 Cor 14:12.
  2. 1 John 4:2 Or, recognize.
  3. 1 John 4:2 Or, spirit from God, maintaining the same sense as the other four uses of ‘spirit’ in v 1-3.

On Denying the Incarnation

Dear friends,(A) do not believe every spirit,(B) but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.(C) This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh(D) is from God,(E)

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