Test The Spirits Whether They Are Of God

The Bible teaches us to test the spirit whether they are of God because many false prophets have gone out to the world – 1 John 4:1.

I John 4:1, NKJV – 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

It means that we should verify from the scriptures what is being preach is correct or not. The Bereans search the scriptures daily, if the teachings are correct or not – Acts 17:10-11.

Acts 17:10-11, NKJV – 10Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

It is not true the bible is kept in mystery like the doctrine of the INC. Read “The INC Teachings Regarding The Mystery Of The Bible“.

God instructed to equip ourselves with the knowledge of the gospel like it is our armor of God.

Ephesians 6:11-17, NKJV – 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

Ephesians 6:12 teaches the following to wrestles against

  1. principalities,
  2. powers,
  3. rulers of the darkness of this age,
  4. against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places

All those items refers to leaders or spiritual leaders or rulers that has possess power.
Ephesians 6:14 refers to the gospel as the gospel of peace. The gospel of peace is what is teach by true preachers as stated in Romans 10:15.

Romans 10:15, NKJV – 15And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

If we are not listening to gospel of peace, if you do not feel the teaching is about peace and relationship with God, if we are not equip with the armor of God that is the knowledge on gospel, even if we attend worships services twice a week, even if you attend bible studies every week, if we hear the same lessons over and over again without knowing the true context of the verses being read, we may never come to the full understanding of the bible like what is stated in 2 Timothy 3:7

2 Timothy 3:7, NKJV – 7always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Tim. 3:7 do not contradict 1 John 4:1 and Acts 17:10-11. By listening and verifying is what makes your wisdom grow. Listening and following makes your wisdom stall like you are prisoner in your own box. That is what is meant by always learning and never come to the knowledge of the truth. Read the bible, verify the teachings like the Bereans. The bible is not kept in secret like what is being thought to us for many many years inside the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

The bible has been revealed to all the nations and so we ought to read it.