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Knowing How to Discern

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I. We have a personal relationship with God, because we have confessed Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. 
A. There’s a cost in confessing name of Jesus.
B. John emphasizes the importance in confessing Jesus' incarnation.

1. There were Gnostics in the John's area and maybe even in the churches he was ministering. Gnostic doctrine can be loosely defined as this: “The transcendent God sent down a redeemer, who brought them salvation in the form of secret gnōsis [knowledge]. Gnostics hoped to escape from the prison of their bodies at death and to traverse the planetary spheres of hostile demons to be reunited with God. There was for them, of course, no reason to believe in the resurrection of the body.[1]
II.      We are able to distinguish between the deceptions of false doctrine taught by false teachers, because God is with us.
A. False teachings are of the world.
B. We are to test the spirits.

1. The word for testing (dokima,zw) is about looking carefully at the something. It is not to be done hastily or carelessly.

2. Stanley Jones gives a good example on why it is important to study the Bible. He writes:

I know two brilliant Christians who come to the daily morning devotions without their Bibles. They can meditate, they say. They are both shallow. For they meditate God to themselves through their own thinking -- they become the medium. They do not go to God direct as they imagine -- they go through their own thinking; they become the mediator. That is why we have to have the revelation of God through the Word. It is God interpreting himself to us. His interpretation of himself is Jesus. When you expose your thinking to him, you expose yourself to God. These words of the New Testament have been in such close contact with the Word that they are vibrant with Life.


[1]Stanley E. Porter and Craig A. Evans, Dictionary of New Testament Background : A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship, electronic ed. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000).

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Exegetical Idea: Since the Early Christians had a personal relationship with God, they were able to discern between the truth of God and deceptions from false prophets and antichrists.

Homiletical Idea: Since we have a personal relationship with God, we are able to discern between the truth God and the deceptions of false doctrine taught by false prophets and antichrists.
Other: see Exegesis Paper

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I. Introduction A. Discerning poisiness and safe plants.
B.      Discerning from truth and false prophets.
II. Since we have a personal relationship with God, we are able to discern between  the deceptions of false doctrine taught by false teachers, and the truth God.
A. We do have a personal relationship with God, because we have confessed Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. 

i. [Read 1 John 4:1-3]         

ii. People who confess Jesus' coming in the flesh have God with them.

1. Early Americans made a sacrifice after signing the declaration of Independence.

2. Life as a Christian.

3. John believes it is important on confessing Jesus' incarnation.

iii. There were gnostics in the John's area and maybe even in the churches he was ministering.         

iv. There were false teachers and there are false teachers today.
B. We are able to discern between  the deceptions of false doctrine taught by false teachers, because God is with us.

i. [Read John 4.4-5]

ii. False teachings are from the world.

1. There are also heretical views that come into Christian churches.

2. Deceitfulness comes from the Evil One himself, as he was deceitful toward Adam and Eve in Garden.

3. John says that those who deny Jesus in the flesh are not of the faith, but of the world and the world hears them. Similar to the gnostics, there are false religions and cults that are teaching teaching and the denial of Jesus as the incarnate. 

iii. We are to test the spirits.

1. The word for testing is about looking carefully at the something.

2. A good way to know if it is from God, is to look at the scriptures.

3. It is unnecessary for me to tell you what it was, but I know that if I told you, there would be agreement that it was clearly sin.

4. E. Stanley Jones gives a good example on why it is important to study the Bible. He says:    

I know two brilliant Christians who come to the daily morning devotions without their Bibles. They can meditate, they say. They are both shallow. For they meditate God to themselves through their own thinking -- they become the medium. They do not go to God direct  as they imagine -- they go through their own thinking; they become the mediator. That is why we have to have the revelation of God through the Word. It is God interpreting himself to us. His interpretation of himself is Jesus. When you expose your thinking to him, you expose yourself to God. These words of the New Testament have been in such close contact with the Word that they are vibrant with Life.

C. We are able to know truth from God and lies, because God is with us.

i. [Read John 4.6]

ii. The confession of Jesus allows us to know God's truth.
III. Conclusion

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