Lesson 7 – 1 John 4:1-11 (KJV)

Trying the Spirits, Hearing the World, and God is LOVE

1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Important Doctrines Being Taught:

#1 Christian are to be people of discretion and wisdom, ready and able to evaluate and determine if someone is teaching the truth of God and is someone they should listen to and learn from.

#2 The primary indicator that someone is of god is that they profess to believe that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.

#3 The children of God hear and will believe the truth of God when they hear it. The children of the world will not hear, nor believe the truth of God when they hear it. These will instead hear and believe the lies of false teachers.

#4 Loving other fellow believers is one of the key indicators that one is born of God, and knows God.

#5 God is love.

#6 Proof that God loves His people is that He sent His son to be the propitiation for their sins.

#7 The natural result of God’s love being upon man is that we also loves the children of God, just as God does.

Comprehension Questions:

#1 We are not to believe everyone that tries to teach us about God and about the world, what are we suppose to do?

#2 Every true Christian will believe what?

#3 How have Christians overcome the world?

#4 Who do those of the world speak about and listen to?

#5 Who will listen to the truth of the Word of God?

#6 Everyone that truly loves others is what?

#7 Why did God send His son into the world?

#8 Why do the people of God love God?

#9 If god loves us what are we to do?

True or False Questions:

#1 The Christian is always to test what someone is teaching them by comparing everything with the Word of God.

#2 Those with the Spirit of God in them will not always believe that Jesus has come in the flesh.

#3 Christians overcome the world because they are smarter than other people.

#4 All those born of God love other people.

#5 Jesus is the propitiation for the sins of all men.