Whom is John referring to in verse: 1 John 4:3?

1 John 4:

1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2 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.

....I mean who does not confess Jesus? and it seems that these "spirits" were present at the time that John wrote his epistle.

I know that, today, both Christians and Muslims believe that Jesus is from God and that he is the Messiah.


What about the Jews?

Update 2:

Where does it say that they should believe that Jesus is God? It says "from God"

Update 3:

Muslims do believe that Jesus is the Messiah, they refer to him as Isa al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah)

7 Answers

  • jurgen
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    The word spirit was used in many ways.But the above word spirit was use to refer to the messengers of god like the prophets and the angels.

    There was no different when you say spirit of god or spirit from god because God is never a spirit(At least Muslims believed so).

    According to John, if one claim to be a prophet of God,or the angel of God,then,he should be tested on the following criteria:1)testify that Jesus was the real person in flesh,a human not a spirit being but a true prophet of god or from god(not impostor,or a myth,or man-god)

    2)if the prophet deny Jesus being a man,but saying Jesus was a spirit(as Christian said he was Holy spirit),then that prophet is not a true prophet,then he was an anti-christ.

    In case,if the claimants are from the spiritual world,ie.unseen spirits,giving visions and claiming to be from god (as Paul had seen and heard one),then, it must be tested by the same criteria above.

    Otherwise,he was a deceiver spirit(bad spirit,demons, devils, etc), who was already present.

  • 1 decade ago

    The "spirit" here is being referred to the "son's of God". Both the "evil" and the "righteous" spirits (also called angels and demons) The spirits that are NOT evil will gladly confess "Jesus Christ came in the flesh" THose that are evil WILL NOT confess this under any circumstance. THey may say some thing close like "Jesus came in the flesh" but there are MANY people called Jesus that "came in the flesh" or maybe "I serve Jesus Christ"...well yea, ALL things "serve" Jesus Christ whether good or evil.

    I have personly tested this many times, it is TRUTH.

    Source(s): *holy Bible
  • 1 decade ago

    Not so signor Guiseppe, Muslims don't believe he was the messiah. Messiah is just Hebrew for Christ. He who believes Jesus is the Christ is a Christian.

    Yours in Christ, Nick

  • 1 decade ago

    every belief that does recognize jesus was god in the flesh is a antichrist

    muslims do not believe it either

    to them jesus was a prophet not the messiah

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  • Gnosticism, which claims the flesh of Christ was evil.

  • 1 decade ago

    read on the 4 give your answer and these things write of joy may be full can not be full unless you have God in your in your life

  • Buddism don't believe it, neither does taosim, and other religion

    NOTE: Muslim and Islam don't believe the same God.

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