1 John 4:1 – BELOVED, believe not every spirit, but TEST the spirits whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
HOLY SPIRIT: Do you ever feel persecuted when you are asked questions?
ME: No, I don’t. On one hand, I know that some of the ideas that Holy Spirit has me present are new to many Born Again Christians and on the other, I know that most Born Again Christians who ask questions are honestly searching for the truth of Our Father.
HOLY SPIRIT: Who wrote the words of our first text verse and who did he have in mind when he wrote them?
ME: Holy Spirit. You (HS) inspired Apostle John to write these words. The word BELOVED refers to other Born Again Christians. Since the Word of Our Father is eternal in nature, it means that these words are also for BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS TODAY.
HOLY SPIRIT: What is the concern of Apostle John in our first text verse?
ME: The topic of his writing at this point is about Born Again Christians recognizing false teachers and prophets. Holy Spirit, it is very interesting to me that You (HS) did not inspire Apostle John to print a list of false teachers and prophets of that time, but You (HS) had him state a GUIDELINE FOR ALL BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS to follow as individually each one determines who are false teachers and prophets.
HOLY SPIRIT: The word SPIRITS is about examining what type of spirit being or spirit quality is influencing one who claims to be a True Prophet of Our Father. There are three types of spirit beings to be discerned, who are:
(1) Our Father/Christ Your Lord/Holy Spirit
(2) Satan, demons, and the spirit of antichrist already present on Planet Earth
(3) The self or human spirit
HOLY SPIRIT: What meaning did you find when I (HS) had you study the word ‘test’?
ME: The meaning of the word ‘test’ is about examining the real inner quality or character of a person, in this case, a Born Again Christian claiming to be a True Prophet of Our Father. The root meaning goes to the idea of testing a piece of metal to see if it is the type of metal it is supposed to be. The guideline is about a Born Again Christian, who is under the ministry of one claiming to be a True Prophet of Our Father, being able to discern whether You (HS), Satan’s spirit, or self-human spirit is influencing the one claiming to be a True Prophet of Our Father.
HOLY SPIRIT: Born Again Christians who are professing to be True Prophets of Our Father SHOULD NOT BE OFFENDED when these tests are performed by those who hear their teachings. THESE TESTS ARE NOT PERSECUTION. Yet, there is a concern in this matter. A True Prophet or Prophetess of Our Father should include the following in their daily schedule:
(1) Dedicating to at least an hour of daily prayer, worship, and Bible study time
(2) Attending public worship services with a group of Born Again Christians on a regular basis
(3) Living a holy life according to the standards stated in the Bible
If someone says that such a True Prophet or Prophetess of Our Father is communicating with Satan and demons or is following one’s self-human spirit, it is persecution.
In the next lesson, I will teach you what I (HS) inspired Apostle Matthew to write that all forms of blasphemy can be forgiven, except for one. So the second lesson about blasphemy is part of this communication.
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Pastor Paul Silway
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