Pocket Sized Thoughts – 1 John – Part 17

Every Spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.” (4:2)

This is not a statement to be learnt parrot-fashion and repeated whenever convenient. Though many say that they believe in God, this is not enough to conclude that they are ‘of God’, or belong to Him. Others may say that they admire His teaching, or have attended church, or have prayed now and again. The ‘proof of the pudding’, or the ‘plumbline test’ centres around the person of Jesus Christ. When we believe and confess that everything that was in God (His eternity, omnipotence, majesty, mercy and grace) has all come together to live within a real flesh and blood human being, then the spirit saying that is of God. As said, this is not just a creed to be repeated, but when we realise that all the attributes of the Godhead have come to live in Him bodily (Colossians 2:9), then those same attributes can also exist in us. This is so that we should walk and live even as He walked and lived (2:6); and as He was in the world, so we can be the same also (4:17). This is the truth. Antichrist spirits deny it. Let us not only know and confess the truth, but also, by His grace, experience it day by day.

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that you live in a human body and that now, by Your Holy Spirit, you can also live within our bodies.”