In 1 John chapter 4, we see Johnâ€™s pastoral heart poured out toward his readers once again. As he considers once more the circumstances that compete for their assurance of salvation, the Apostle writes to his â€śbelovedâ€ť friends not to believe every spirit. Rather, they ought to â€śtest the spirits to see whether they are from Godâ€ť (4:1).
Why must these first-century Christians be on guard continually? â€śFor many false prophets have gone out into the worldâ€ť (4:1). This brutal fact signifies the call for these believers, and every believer, to remain steadfastly committed to the truth and to exercise God-given discernment when dealing with teaching. Like the Bereans mentioned in the Book of Acts, Christians ought to â€śsearch the scriptures to see if these things are so.â€ť Everything we hear and everyone we hear from must be filtered through the ultimate authority, Godâ€™s Word