I John 5:18-21 – How Idolatry Is Still the Marker of Falsehood

Paul concludes his study in I John. The final phrase in John concerning idolatry is a summation of the problem he has dealt with and a contrast to the solution he has offered.

Music: Bensound

I John 4:1-6 – Testing the Spirits

Paul continues his study in I John.

And so John gives us the test, “You know the spirit of God—every spirit who confesses Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.” You do not distinguish between the man and the divinity, the incarnation, then, is God in the flesh. If you do a little church history it’s amazing how this same thing comes up again and again. I kind of like Luther’s phrase that “God died on the cross. “What he’s combatting is the tendency that he was running into of people splitting up God… Jack Cottrell does this most beautifully. He says, “Well, the spirit of God can’t die, it was the body of Jesus that died.” Oh, we’re right back into dualism and Gnosticism. Other than that it’s a wonderful doctrine, but John says it’s of the antichrist and by this test he would be a false kind of prophet… but I’m not going to say that… Okay, maybe I will.

Music: Bensound