There is more than one scripture that teaches us how to “test the spirits,” but most people start and end at 1 John 4:1-3:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you will know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is already in the world at this time.” (BSB)
The danger behind using this Scripture as the only Scripture to test the spirits is that many may not understand what this verse actually means. There are four important words we’d like to point out: confess, Jesus, Christ, and flesh.
Confess: http://biblehub.com/greek/3670.htm — to declare openly, speak out freely; to profess oneself the worshipper of one.
Jesus: http://biblehub.com/greek/2424.htm — Jesus is the transliteration of the Hebrew term “Yehoshua” or, Jehoshua (contracted to “Joshua”) which means “Yahweh saves,” or “Yahweh is salvation,” and is His human name, as the incarnate, eternal Son of God.
Christ: http://biblehub.com/greek/5547.htm — “the Anointed One.”
Flesh: http://biblehub.com/greek/4561.htm — to appear clothed in human nature.
This verse, read in context and with understanding, is telling us that every spirit that is from God will openly declare themselves to be the worshipper of the Son of God who has come clothed in human nature, who is anointed by God, and through whom salvation comes to mankind. They are, in essence, bringing themselves under the authority of Jesus Christ, and any spirit that does not bring itself under the authority of Jesus Christ is not of God.
However, people — or parts of people — can easily declare “Jesus Christ,” even though they have not actually brought themselves under His authority. And with those who are dissociative, demonically-controlled and influenced alters can easily say, “Sure, Jesus Christ has come in the flesh,” and the individual then opens themselves up to accepting everything that comes after this false confession. This is not wise.
The Biblical way to test anything, is to compare it with the Word of God and see if it lines up with His Word. This includes activities we and others are involved in, as well as the things people tell us that they say are “from God.” But concerning testing spirits, we also have many other Scripture that we can consider.
1. 2 Corinthians 11:4 (BSB) — “For if someone comes and proclaims a Jesus other than the One we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the One you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it way too easily.”
In other words, don’t put up with any being that proclaims a “Jesus” other than the Jesus that is taught in the Bible, and don’t accept a gospel that is different than what is in the Word of God. And of course, in order to not be swayed by false Jesuses or false doctrines, we must be able to correctly interpret the Word of God, because doctrines of demons use Scripture that has been twisted out of context.
2. 1 Timothy 2:5 (BSB) — “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Jesus Christ is our mediator, not angels or our own human spirit. Neither do we work alongside Jesus Christ in a “courtroom of heaven” to mediate between ourselves and the demonic. Jesus Christ alone is the mediator.
3. John 16:13 (BSB — “However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come.”
The Spirit of God guides us into all truth; not our own human spirit, nor angelic beings.
4. Galatians 1:8-9 — “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be under a divine curse! As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you embraced, let him be under a divine curse!”
If so-called “angels of God” are telling you things that do not line up with the Word of God, they are not of God. Furthermore, if any human is telling you things that do not line up with the Word of God, throw it out! It is not of God.
5. Romans 8:34b (BSB) — “For Christ Jesus, who died, and more than that was raised to life, is at the right hand of God—and He is interceding for us.”
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father; He is not in our system or living in our “heart.” Furthermore, Jesus Christ intercedes for us on our behalf. He doesn’t need our help in a “courtroom of heaven.”
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