John Chapter 4
verses for this week: John
14:6 Jesus saith unto
him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me.
Last week, in Chapter 3, we found that all who know Christ as
Savior are ‘sons of God’.
As such, we can not sin because Christ has sealed us with the
Holy Spirit. We should
strive in this flesh to not sin, but perfection will only come when
we receive our glorified bodies when we die.
We were commanded to love one another, and prove that God
does live within us. This week we are warned to not believe every
Believe Not Every Spirit, but Try the Spirits
John 4:1 Beloved,
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of
God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
The reason we are to not believe every spirit that comes
along is because the spirit of anti-Christ already exists, and there
are many false prophets that have gone out into the world. A couple of weeks ago, we talked about those who are
anti-Christ. They are
those who deny Christ’s virgin birth, deny His deity, find fault
in scripture, do not believe the bible is the true Word of God.
These may say that they believe God, but if their actions are
not backing up their words, we need to see them for who they are.
False spirits that will mislead us.
These are they who have the spirit of anti-Christ and don’t
truly believe God. We
know to please God, we must have faith in Him.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of
them that diligently seek him.
I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how
thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them
which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
We see from this verse in Revelation that it is possible to
spot those who are false. How
do we do it? Check
to see if they believe God and the Word of God.
Check what they are teaching.
Is it consistent with scripture all the way through?
1 Th 5:21
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 Th 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
John 4:2 Hereby know ye
the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is of God:
John 4:3 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.
Those that have the spirit of God confess that Jesus has come
in the flesh. Not
only has he come, but he has died, risen from the dead, and is part
of the trinity, the three part Godhead.
To confess Jesus is come in the flesh implies some additional
1. Jesus was
born of a virgin according to the scriptures
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a
virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God
unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the
house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art
highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among
And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and
cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast
found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth
a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the
Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his
And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of
his kingdom there shall be no end.
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I
know not a man?
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost
shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow
thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee
shall be called the Son of God.
And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a
son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was
For with God nothing shall be impossible.
2. To believe
Jesus came in the flesh means that Jesus Christ was the Son of God.
The only begotten Son of God.
Not just a son of God as many claim.
3. Also, it
implies That Jesus was in eternity with God before the world was.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any
thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness
comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh
into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the
world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we
beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)
full of grace and truth.
4. Also, it
implies that Jesus led the perfect life and was without sin. No other can claim this.
5. And finally,
to believe Christ came in the flesh means that they believe Jesus
was crucified, buried, and rose the third day from the grave.
And that today, He sits on the right hand of God ever making
intercession for us who are saved.
The person who refuses to confess that Jesus came in the
flesh is anti-Christ. And
if they were already present in John’s day, think how many more
there are now that the end of times has come.
John 4:4 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.
Why have we over come the anti-Christs?
Only because of Jesus Christ.
We are over comers because Christ has overcome sin.
Verse 4 says that greater is he that is in you than he that
is in the world. We
become the temples of the Holy Spirit once we are saved, and nothing
is greater than God. Satan can not overcome our soul once we have
experienced true salvation. Believers
have the Spirit in them.
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and
cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of
his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on
him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because
that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
1 Cor 6:19
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your
1 Cor 6:20
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your
body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Marks of the False Teachers
John 4:5 They are of
the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth
John 4:6 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.
Are we of the world? Or
do we speak of heavenly things?
Our hearts and desires should be set on the things above, not
the things of earth. The
false teachers are of the world, and the world hears them.
Those saved will not be found in the congregation of the
anti-Christ. The world
has nothing to offer for the soul of man.
Only God can save our souls.
Those who are against God are called the ‘spirit of
error.’ The child of
God will hear those who teach and preach the truth.
Those who are born of God are of the truth.
In Luke, we find that every tree is known by his own fruits.
This is true of the spirit that directs us.
Are we following the true Holy Spirit, or are we following a
false spirit of anti-Christ?
For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men
do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth
forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure
of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance
of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Albert Barne’s had a good comment about us knowing the
spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
that knoweth God, heareth us—Every
one that has a true acquaintance with the character of God will
receive our doctrine. John might assume this, for it was not
doubted, he presumed, that he was an apostle and a good man; and if
this were admitted, it would follow that those who feared and loved
God would receive what he taught.
this; to wit, by the manner in which they receive the doctrines
which we have taught.
Know we the spirit of
truth, and the spirit of error—We can distinguish those who embrace the truth from those who
do not. Whatever pretensions they might set up for piety, it was
clear that if they did not embrace the doctrines taught by the true
apostles of God, they could not be regarded as his friends; that is,
as true Christians. It may be added that the same test is applicable
now. They who do not receive the plain doctrines laid down in the
word of God, whatever pretensions they may make to piety, or
whatever zeal they may evince in the cause which they have espoused,
can have no well-founded claims to the name Christian. One of the
clearest evidences of true piety is a readiness to receive all that
God has taught.
The Love of God
John 4:7 Beloved, let
us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth
is born of God, and knoweth God.
John 4:8 He that loveth
not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Love is a fruit of the spirit. When we are known for our love, we will exhibit love for one
another as Christian brothers and sisters.
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and
righteousness and truth;)
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the
affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
John 4:9 In this was
manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only
begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
John 4:10 Herein is
love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son
to be the propitiation for our sins.
When you talk about love, there is no greater love shown than
what God did for us on Calvary.
To give up your only begotten Son to die for your enemies…
that is love that is hard for us to comprehend.
Propitiation speaks of making payment… a substitution for
our sins. Jesus,
who knew no sin, became sin for us that we might be set free.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be
saved from wrath through him.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by
the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved
by his life.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord
Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
These verses in Romans show that we he showed love towards us
when we were unworthy and unholy.
You can’t really count the cost this sacrifice was… it
involved an infinite cost and sacrifice that secured our forgiveness
of sin. When it comes
to love, the truth is that God is love.
But the worldly love that we know is not of God.
There are many kinds of love, and God’s love to us is the
greatest and best of all kinds.
Just because we show kindness or benevolence to others is not
a guarantee that we are children of God.
However, when we associate that love with faith and devotion
toward Christ, then it is a proof of our ‘eternal life.’
When we have true love, love that is from God, we will gain
confidence toward God and show charity to men.
John 4:11 Beloved, if
God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
John 4:12 No man hath
seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us,
and his love is perfected in us.
John 4:13 Hereby know
we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of
John 4:14 And we have
seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour
of the world.
We are truly commanded in several scriptures to love one
another. He says in
verse 11 that we should love one another.
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another;
as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye
have love one to another.
And when we do, God’s love is perfected in us.
Remember what it says about perfect love over in Romans?
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that
loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not
kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou
shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is
briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the
fulfilling of the law.
Perhaps the best verse about ‘perfect love’ is here in
verse 18 of our text. Let’s
read from verse 15 through 18.
John 4:15 Whosoever
shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and
he in God.
John 4:16 And we have
known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he
that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
John 4:17 Herein is our
love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:
because as he is, so are we in this world.
John 4:18 There is no
fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath
torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
We see from verse 15 that when we confess Christ as our
Savior, God dwells in us. And
God makes our love perfect.
Verse 18 says that perfect love casteth out fear.
Why do we fear? Because
we are not in perfect fellowship with God.
When we confess our sins and live with a pure conscience to
God, there is no fear. God
removes that fear. We
are at peace with ourselves and others, because we are at peace with
God. The verse
says fear hath torment. Sin
creates fear. We
have either fear of God for having to answer for it, or fear of man
that they might find out. God
knows all about us, and we need to stay as pure and perfect before
God as we possibly can. Satan wants us to live in fear.
God wants us to live in perfect peace.
John 4:19 We love him,
because he first loved us.
Many think they will come to God in their time.
I was visiting in the church a few weeks ago where my wife
Denise grew up as a child. The
older pastor there (who married us nearly 31 years ago) had been
working with a family trying to get them into church for years.
The man said… “Well as soon as I get all straightened
out, I’m going to be there at your church.”
The preacher said “Brother you are right.
If you wait until you get your life straightened out before
you come, you will be laying there straightened out in the casket
when we preach your funeral.” I never heard anyone put it quite like that, but it is
true. We can’t wait
until “WE” get life straightened out.
Satan will use that to lure us into hell.
What we must do is realize God loved us first, and he calls
and draws us to Him. And
only Christ can straighten out a life of sin.
If you’ve never asked Jesus to save you, I urge you to
lower your head and pray and ask God to forgive you of your sins and
to save your soul. When
you realize you can’t do it on your own, that is when God can save
John 4:20 If a man say,
I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth
not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath
John 4:21 And this
commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his
Love for God and love for our fellow man is inseparable.
It says clearly in verse 20 that if we hate our brother, the
love of God is not in us. If
we can’t love those we see, how can we possibly love one that we
have not seen? When
Jesus was asked about the great commandment, he said we were to love
God first above all things, and then to love our neighbor as
ourselves. On these 2
commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Figure out what commandments or law you will break if God is
truly first in your life and you treat others like you want to be
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with
all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Our love for God should
be greater than the love for anyone or anything.
The love we have for God when it is perfected will cause us
to do more good than all the laws that could ever have been written.
Love for God will cause us to be faithful in church and
Sunday School. Love will make us give our tithes and offerings with a
pure heart and out of generosity.
Herein is love perfected, that we love one another with love
like the love God bestows to us.
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