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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.

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