Test The Spirits
- Category: Religion
- Published: Monday, 09 December 2013 17:08
- Written by Rev. Dr. Henry Vernon
by Rev. Dr. Henry Vernon
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1
Caveat emptor is a Latin phrase that means "let the buyer beware." While literally the phrase referred to a buyer's diminished rights after the sale of property ("look before you buy"), it serves as a warning to all who are about to buy or believe anything.
The apostle John issued a spiritual version of caveat emptor in his first letter when he wrote, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God." Why? "Because many false prophets have gone out into the world." A day is coming when a political leader will rise up on the world stage and tell the world he can bring peace and prosperity if only people will give him their allegiance. And many people will—and they will suffer the consequences. This Antichrist will speak eloquently and boastfully, and his false prophet assistant will work miracles. At that time as in no other, people will need to "test the spirits."
All Christians should be like the first century Bereans who studied the Scriptures daily to separate truth from error. (Acts 17:11)
The way to test yourself, the way to test any man, is to look below the surface.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
2 Chronicles 21-24
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