I need to share an understanding given to me by the Holy Spirit
with regard to 1John 4:2-3, and 2John 1:7, noted below.
I looked at the Strong’s Concordance number for the word “flesh” G4561: flesh (as stripped of the skin).
The understanding is this:
“God, who is Spirit, came in bodily form to be our bloody sacrifice, for the remission of our sins.”
We actually have to ask the spirit we are testing, “How did Jesus Christ come?”
If you speak a different language like Spanish, you may use “Jesus Cristo” (pronounced Hey-soos Creesto). People speak many different languages.
Reguardless of the language the question must be worded like this, “How did Jesus Christ come?”
No other question will work when testing the spirits, and the answer MUST always be, “Jesus Christ came in the flesh.” The Scriptures are clear about this.
The passage was written as a failsafe to protect the children of God from being deceived by the enemy. It is very specific.
We know from other passages of Scripture that demons are able to say the name of Jesus Christ and even proclaim him as the Son of God; in my experience, they are even able to proclaim him as their Savior and say that they love him. Obviously, this does not mean they are “of God.”
Because this issue is so critical, I must also share with you that even though I enjoy studying the Scriptures using the Complete Jewish Bible version, the Holy Spirit ministered to me that the King James version has the correct translation of both 1John 4:2-3, and 2John 1:7.
The King James uses “the flesh;” however several other versions of the Bible translate 1John 4:2-3, and 2John 1:7 “the flesh” this way:
“as a human being” or
“in a real body” or
“become human” or
– these are all incorrect. They are all incorrect, because Jesus is both the Son of God and the Son of Man.
Again, questions like:
Who is speaking to me, what is your name?
Do you love Jesus with all that is within you?
I command you to tell me who your Savior is?
— do not and will not work in testing the spirit to see if it is of God.
The only question we are supposed to ask is, “How did Jesus Christ come?”
And the answer must ALWAYS be, “Jesus Christ came in the flesh.”
A partial answer is unacceptable.
A wrong answer is unacceptable.
Silence or an answer that changes the subject is unacceptable.
If you receive an unacceptable answer, simply say, “Leave now.”
Do not engage in conversation with the demon, for as the Holy Scriptures say, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Understand that the Scriptures noted below are talking about testing THE SPIRITS.
Remember to test all things and remain in prayer.
1John 4:1-6 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.
2John 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
*This entry entitled “Testing the spirits” was posted on May 17th 2014. It was previously entitled “Testing my spirit of prophecy: password27.”