How to test the spirit? In 1 John 4:1 – 3, the apostle John makes a profound statement, whereby he reveals that we, as the believers in the true Messiah can ‘test the spirits’ of those who profess to be believers, but are not. Here is the scripture referenced, taken from the King James Version.
1 John 4 King James Version (KJV) 4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 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.
You will note that in the first verse, that John indicates that this simple oral test which he is about to reveal, will determine whether or not someone who claims to be a prophet is actually moving by the Spirit of God, or not. He even goes as far to say that if they are not moving by the Spirit of God, that is to say, if they do not pass the simple oral test that he reveals, then this means that they are moving by the ‘spirit of antichrist’! Wow! Has the apostle John delivered a formula, whereby the body of Christ can determine whether or not someone who professes to be a believer that is in their midst, is actually a true born – again believer or not? Have we been given a means to determine the wolves from the sheep? The tares from the wheat? I truly believe that we have indeed, because the apostle John reiterates this in the second letter that he wrote, whereby he reveals that those who refuse to pass the simple ‘oral test’ are a ‘deceiver and an antichrist’. See the following; 2 John 1:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
Have you ever been to a meeting and heard someone stand up and prophesy, starting , or ending with the words ‘thus says the Lord’? Have you ever attended a meeting, where certain ones lay hands on the heads of others and begin to prophesy over that individuals’ life perhaps?Have you personally ever heard a pastor, or deacon, or bishop, or priest etc., then turn around and ‘test the spirit’ of the one who is delivering the prophecy? If the answer is ‘no’ to the last question, then I, in – turn, will ask you, then why on Earth not? Let’s take a closer look at the test shall we? The King James Version renders the test as follows; 1 John 4:2
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. Note, the KJV uses the present tense = ‘is come’ as part of the confession. Now let’s take a look at what a ‘modern version’ of the bible renders the test to be, and virtually every modern version renders it the same ; 1 John 4 New International Version (NIV)
On Denying the Incarnation 4 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) 2 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)3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist,(F) which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.(G)
1 John 4 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Testing the Spirits 4 (A)Beloved, do not believe every (B)spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because (C)many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: (D)every spirit that (E)confesses that (F)Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that(G)does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the (H)antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and (I)now it is already in the world.
You will note that each of these examples of ‘modern versions’ renders the test, to confess that Jesus ‘has come’ (past tense) in the flesh, yet the KJV renders the present tense ‘is come’. Let’s now take a look at the word rendered ‘come’ in the Greek by way of the Strong’s Concordance. Come … 2064. erchomai er’-khom-ahee middle voice of a primary verb (used only in the present and imperfect tenses, the others being supplied by a kindred (middle voice) eleuthomai el-yoo’-thom-ahee, or (active) eltho el’-tho, which do not otherwise occur) to come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively):–accompany, appear, bring, come, enter, fall out, go, grow, X light, X next, pass, resort, be set. As well as the Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words <1,,2064,erchomai> the most frequent verb, denoting either “to come, or to go,” signifies the act, in contrast with heko (see No. 22, below), which stresses the arrival, as, e.g., “I am come and am here,” John 8:42; Heb. 10:9. See BRING, B, Note (1), FALL, GO, GROW, LIGHT, PASS, RESORT.
The Strong’s Concordance, as well as the Vine’s dictionary of N.T words, indicates that the Greek word ‘erchomai’ should be rendered ‘to come’. If the test, is simply that the Lord ‘has come in the flesh’, then it would appear that the demons that were inhabiting certain people when Christ walked ‘in the flesh’ have passed the said test with ‘flying colours’, for they did indeed acknowledge this fact at that time! For example; Mark 5 King James Version (KJV)
5 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. Luke 4: 33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. 36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
Clearly, to confess that Jesus ‘has come’ in the flesh is not an indication that you are not an antichrist, as many Satanists would readily admit this. I would like to relay a story of how I once tested the spirit of some Jehovah’s Witnessses that came into my home about 6 years ago. I asked them to confess that ‘Jesus Christ has come in the flesh’, whereby they happily repeated those words, thereby ‘passing the test with flying colours’. They would do wouldn’t they, after all, they are only passing the test as is outlined in their very own highly corrupted version of the bible, otherwise known as the ‘New World Translation’. See the following, it’s taken from their on-line version. 1 John 4:1Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired expression, but test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world. 2 YOU gain the knowledge of the inspired expression from God by this: Every inspired expression that confesses Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh originates with God,3 but every inspired expression that does not confess Jesus does not originate with God.
Furthermore, this is the antichrist’s [inspired expression] which YOU have heard was coming, and now it is already in the world. I then asked the same Jehovah’s Witnesses to confess that Jesus Christ IS TO COME in the flesh, but they immediately adamantly REFUSED!!!! Whereby I demanded that they confess it again, and again, they adamantly REFUSED to make this confession! Whereby, I told them that they have the spirit of antichrist, and to get out of my house. Which they were only too ready to do.
When Jesus ascended to heaven, the bible reveals the following; Acts 1:9 And when he (Jesus) had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Was Jesus resurrected in the flesh?
Luke 24:36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. 40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? 42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. 43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
Satan would much rather have his false prophets, prophesying lies going undetected, Satan would much rather have his workers of iniquity holding the dominant positions in the churches preaching heresy, when a simple oral test would identify his workforce and enable the gathering to flush his workers out. By confessing that Jesus Christ is to come in the flesh, you are also making a declaration that He has already been and gone in the flesh, this confession goes beyond Jesus’ first coming, but looks ahead to our faith in the future arrival of The King of Kings! HalleluYah!