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Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 235/260: Read 1 John 4

The Scriptures warn against false teachers in a number of passages. Here, John encourages his readers to “test the spirits.” He warns that “many false prophets have gone out into the world.” With all of the technological advances in our modern world, from radio to television to internet, it is easier than ever for false teachers to find followers.

One cannot possibly make a list of every well-known modern false teacher without excluding a few names. Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Pat Robertson, and the Pope would certainly be included, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. Even within the local community, preachers should be tested. Hold their sermons up to the light of God’s Word. Do they match up?

It is true that no one is perfect, and even faithful gospel preachers may misspeak occasionally. When error is exposed, the one who wishes to please God will make the appropriate corrections. When discussing possible error with a preacher, be sure to have the spirit of Aquila and Priscilla, who “took him (Apollos) aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately” (Acts 18:26). Your aim should not be to embarrass the preacher, but to help him in his work for the Lord’s kingdom.

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

1 John 1:7. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Pray

Pray for your preacher, that he may be true to God’s Word. Pray for your elders, that they may always stand for the truth to be taught in the local congregation.

Let This Mind Be In You: Love

Let This Mind Be In You Love

1 John 4:7-11

I. GOD LOVES US

    A. Shown in sending His Son (1 John 4:7-11; John 3:16-17; 1 John 4:16-19)
    B. Love is the foundation of salvation (Romans 5:6-8; John 15:13)
    C. Jesus’ sacrifice was a conscious, calculated decision, understanding the consequences (Mark 10:17-22)

II. JESUS IS OUR ULTIMATE EXAMPLE

    A. He was willing to give; we must be willing to give (1 John 3:16-18; James 2:15-16)
    B. The example of the first century church (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35; 5:4)

III. GENEROSITY BASED ON LOVE

    A. Looking for opportunities (Galatians 6:2, 7-10)
    B. The example of Macedonia (2 Corinthians 8:2-5, 9, 12-15)

IV. LOVE IS SHOWN NOT ONLY IN GIVING, BUT IN LIVING

    A. Love is the basis of how we treat one another (Romans 13:8-10)
    B. Love is the basis of how we treat God (John 14:15; 1 John 5:2-3)

Responding to God’s Love

1 John 4:7-21

I. ACCEPTING GOD’S LOVE

    A. Knowing God (1 John 4:7-8; Philippians 3:8-11; Titus 1:16)
    B. Christ gives us life (1 John 4:9; John 14:6; 1:4; 11:25; 5:24) as the propitiation of our sins (1 John 4:10)
    C. We have no excuse to not love the brethren (1 John 4:11)

II. CONFESSING GOD’S LOVE

    A. The good confession (1 John 4:15; Acts 8:37-38; 1 Timothy 6:12)
    B. More than mere lip service (Matthew 15:8; 7:21)

III. ABIDING IN GOD’S LOVE

    A. A mutual spiritual indwelling, a reciprocal abiding, the closest fellowship and communion possible (1 John 4:12-16)
    B. We can be bold by conforming our lives to His (1 John 4:17; 1 Timothy 6:11; Ephesians 5:1-2)
    C. There is no fear in love (1 John 4:18; Psalm 111:10)

IV. PRACTICING GOD’S LOVE

    A. Selflessly seeking the very best for another person (1 John 4:19)
    B. Love for the brethren flows from a love for God (1 John 4:20)
    C. You cannot love God if you do not love your Christian family (1 John 4:21)

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)