Us Against the World

1 John 4:1-6

I. LOVE WITH EYES WIDE OPEN (1 JOHN 4:1)

    A. Stop believing every spirit
    B. Test the spirits (Acts 17:11)
    C. Many false prophets (Galatians 1:6-9)

II. CONTEXT: A SPECIFIC FALSE DOCTRINE (1 JOHN 4:2-3)

    A. Gnosticism stated the divine Christ did not actually inhabit a fleshly body
    B. The spirit of antichrist

      1. Disobedient (1 John 2:19)
      2. Deniers (1 John 2:22)
      3. Deceivers (1 John 2:26)

    C. If a teaching does not originate with God, it must be rejected by the faithful

III. CONTRASTING JOHN’S READERS TO FALSE TEACHERS, AND FALSE TEACHERS TO TRUE APOSTLES (1 JOHN 4:4-6)

    A. His readers had overcome (Jude 3; Romans 10:17)
    B. The false prophets are of the world (2 Timothy 4:2-4; Matthew 7:13-14)
    C. The apostles are of God (Acts 2:42; 2 John 9-11)

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