Jehovah's Witnesses: Can you elaborate on 1 John 4:1-2?
1 John 4:1-2 (NKJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of 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 of God,
- Julius OLv 710 years agoFavorite Answer
(1 John 4:1-2) 4 Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired expression, but test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world. 2 YOU gain the knowledge of the inspired expression from God by this: Every inspired expression that confesses Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh originates with God,
And your question is? Do you want to know what it means?
My new favorite scripture for haters like yourself:
(Proverbs 14:6) The ridiculer has sought to find wisdom, and there is none;
I think that one is applicable toward you.Source(s): NWT of the Holy Scriptures
- True TruthseekerLv 610 years ago
1 John 4:1- NW
1 Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired expression, but test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world.
2 YOU gain the knowledge of the inspired expression from God by this: Every inspired expression that confesses Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh originates with God, 3 but every inspired expression that does not confess Jesus does not originate with God. Furthermore, this is the antichrist’s [inspired expression] which YOU have heard was coming, and now it is already in the world.Source(s): NWT
- 10 years ago
New World Translation is different from the Bible which is the written Word of God.
Jesus is divine. Look at John 1:1. In this passage we see clearly just who Jesus was and is: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." In the Jehovah’s Witness Bible, called the New World Translation, they add one little word to the last phrase of John 1:1. In their translation it reads, "and the word was a God." That little change makes a BIG difference. In the Greek, however, it says something altogether different. The actual Greek says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word (kai; qeo;" h\n oJ lovgo")." That’s the thrust in the original. What you see in Jesus is the Word made flesh. That’s the image He portrays for us. What we see in Jesus is the eternal God of the universe; Son of God, but God the Son, leaving His eternal glory and taking upon Himself the form of a servant.
- JimBrewskiLv 510 years ago
From watchtower 1983 1/4 17-19
An Apostle's Stand Against Apostasy
To derive the maximum benefit from this article, we recommend that you read the Bible book known as The First of John. It is just a few pages.
TOWARD the close of the first century of our Common Era, a grave and insidious danger threatened the early Christian congregation. Was it persecution from those outside the Christian community? No, the principal danger came from within. The lurking enemy was apostasy.
By the year 98 C.E. one apostle remained to act as a final bulwark against what would later prove to be a tidal flood of false teachings and religious and political compromise. He was the elderly apostle John, son of Zebedee and brother of the apostle James, martyred some 54 years earlier. As a young man, John had served alongside Jesus during that one's brief earthly ministry. Perhaps due to John's dynamic personality Jesus called him a 'Son of Thunder.' Now a very old man, he put himself to writing a vigorous letter of warning and counsel to the Christian congregations. What he says is still vital for us today.—Mark 3:17; Luke 9:51-56.
John was well aware that apostasy was creeping in among his fellow believers. The apostle Paul had previously foretold such a falling away. (Acts 20:29, 30) In no uncertain terms John unmasked the deceivers, saying: "Even now there have come to be many antichrists; from which fact we gain the knowledge that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of our sort; for if they had been of our sort, they would have remained with us." The fact that John speaks of "antichrists" in the plural shows that the apostasy was not limited to one person, but it involved many who denied the view of Christ that is presented in Scripture.—1 John 2:18, 19.
Who were those antichrists? And how were they trying to deceive their fellow believers? John minces no words in exposing the antichrist apostates. He attacks them on three scores: (1) denying that Christ came in the flesh, (2) denying that Jesus was the Christ and the Son of God and (3) denying that they themselves were sinners.
Did Christ Come in the Flesh?
But you might ask, 'How could some believers deny that Jesus had come in the flesh?' Evidently by the end of the first century some Christians had been affected by Greek philosophy, including early Gnosticism. These apostates held the view that all material things were evil, including the fleshly body. Thus, to the apostate antichrists, Jesus had not come in evil flesh but, rather, as a spirit. John clearly shows that he is no party to such theological reasonings that denied the efficacy of Christ's ransom sacrifice. Thus he writes of "Jesus Christ, a righteous one" who was "a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins, yet not for ours only but also for the whole world's."—1 John 2:1, 2.
Later, with a simple and categorical definition, John clarifies the issue even further, saying: "Every inspired expression that confesses Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh originates with God, but every inspired expression that does not confess Jesus does not originate with God."—1 John 4:2, 3.
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- 10 years ago
I see for the most part that your Q's are directed at J W's. Do you harbor some sort of resentment towards them?
- Anonymous10 years ago
I can't see them answering. Where are they???
- 10 years ago
Hmm google it.