1, 2, &3 John – God and Love
To Tell the Truth was a game show that was aired many years ago. I was just a kid, so that’s how many years ago it was! This was a classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities. The object of the game is to try to fool the celebrities into voting for the two impostors. Each wrong vote would be worth $250 ($100 in the daytime version). It aired from 1956-1968. It was very popular for it’s day. Our family would sit around the TV and together try to guess who the person of truth was. Mm.
That’s what John is giving us today in his letter to the church. How to spot the person who is telling the Truth…in the Person of Jesus Christ. Like a great preacher, he not only gives us a “should”, he gives us a “how”. Read on and use this test daily, and remember…”Greater is HE who is in you than he that is in the world”. Key verse to life in His Spirit, living Truth.
1 John 4, The Message
Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
4 My dear friends, don’t believe everything you hear. Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.
2-3 Here’s how you test for the genuine Spirit of God. Everyone who confesses openly his faith in Jesus Christ—the Son of God, who came as an actual flesh-and-blood person—comes from God and belongs to God. And everyone who refuses to confess faith in Jesus has nothing in common with God. This is the spirit of antichrist that you heard was coming. Well, here it is, sooner than we thought!
4-6 My dear children, you come from God and belong to God. You have already won a big victory over those false teachers, for the Spirit in you is far stronger than anything in the world. These people belong to the Christ-denying world. They talk the world’s language and the world eats it up. But we come from God and belong to God. Anyone who knows God understands us and listens. The person who has nothing to do with God will, of course, not listen to us. This is another test for telling the Spirit of Truth from the spirit of deception.
What do we learn?
–DON’T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR!
–Run everything through the filter of Truth as the Person of Jesus Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father, It is amazing the flashbacks to childhood and past experiences come to mind when we read Your Word and recall our successes and our failures to see Truth. We seek Truth but sometimes fall for lies. Help us to always know the difference and seek the Truth. May we always remember that greater is You in us that evil that wants to bring us down. Help to lean into the power you give us to overcome. We are over comers because of Your Truth! Thank you, Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen