Today we are praying for the country of Botswana. Please help us lift up this nation to the Lord today. You can follow the two links below to learn more about the nation and its unreached people groups. You can watch the video below to help guide you in your prayers.
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Today's Devotional Thought
As we continue considering false teachers, we will see today their distinctives. What is it that distinguish a false teacher from a legitimate teacher? Consider verses 2-3: “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.” Notices that everything in these verses hinges on one person: Jesus Christ! Legitimate teachers confess the biblical Christ. Verse 2 states, “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.” Legitimate teachers recognize, believe, and confess that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has come in the flesh! John actually begins his letter with this proclamation. “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life-- 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us-- 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:1-3). Legitimate teachers confess that Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, stepped out of heaven and into time via a virgin’s womb in Bethlehem. He lived, walked, taught, healed the sick, caused the lame to walk, the blind to see, the mute to talk. He cast out demons, opened deaf ears, and even resurrected the dead. He literally died on the cross and literally, physically, bodily rose from the grace on the first day of the week. He bodily ascended and will return in the flesh one day. Are the teachers you are listening to, confessing this Christ?
But notice verse 3: “and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.” We not only need to ask, are they confessing the right Jesus? We need to ask if they are confessing Jesus at all! Many teachers magnify their version of church, their brand of religion, a so-called health, wealth, and prosperity gospel, or any number of pet-doctrines, traditions, or ideas. But are they confessing Jesus? John wrote in Revelation 1:1-2, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, 2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.” Do you notice how John describes himself? He is the one who testified (confessed) the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ even to ALL HE SAW! John was confessing Christ to everyone. It virtually always comes down to Jesus! Is the biblical Jesus central to everything or not? That will generally be your answer to the type of teacher and spirit you are hearing from. Jesus is the distinguishing factor.
Do you know Him? If not, spend some time exploring www.missionsurge.com/good-news and get to know Christ and His gospel! Respond to Him today. He will give you discernment as we face an onslaught of false teaching in our day and age. We will unfold this need for discernment more tomorrow. Until then...
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