1 John 4:4-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

1 John 4:4-6 (KJV)
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.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
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.

There are three statements of position in the early verses of this chapter:
Ye are of God 
Vs 4
They are of the world
Vs 5
We are of God 
Vs 6

All three of these statements are true. But the foundational one is verse 6. If it is not accepted that the author of these words is of God, speaking under the inspiration of God, then the reader will dismiss everything else posited in the book. 

Here is one of the great divides that occur among people, and the one that must be reckoned with before any sort of understanding among believers and unbelievers can be had. We as believers take it that the Bible is of God. It is not an opinion. It is not just another view. It is the truth upon which all that is true rests. 

To argue from the position that the Bible is true, with a person who does not see it as such is a futile exercise. We must first ask God to help them come to this conviction or else all the rest will be doubtful disputation.

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1 John 4:4-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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