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How To Discern - 1 John 4:1-3

In 1 John 4:1 we are commanded to test the Spirits. The question immediately rises in our minds, “How do you test the spirits?” Some have argued in the past that the presence of the miraculous and supernatural is a sure sign that the prophet is from God.  But, even the evil one and his minions can do miracles. Jesus warned in Matthew 24:24, “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.” In Matthew 7:21ff, Jesus made it clear that the presence of great miracles and fantastical prophecies is not necessarily a sign that the purveyor is from God.

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