|1 John 4:3 |
3 And every spirit that does not confess Jesus Christ is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, which you have heard would come, and even now it is already in the world.2 [John told us in 1 John 2:18-19 that many antichrists had already come, who had gone out from among them; who tried to seduce the true Christians with their false gospel and false Jesus. So they could not confess Jesus to rule their thoughts, words, and deeds because they preached that being totally unnecessary according to their false gospel. From the Word of the Lord within: "they did not have patience." They did not have the patience to follow the hard, narrow way of the cross that the Apostles preached; being tempted and ambitious to teach before being perfected and authorized, they fell away to instead preach Christian liberty from the law without the necessity of first crucifying their sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial. Their doctrines quickly became pervasive and dominated Christendom, and so Christendom became the whore of Babylon by adulterating with the kings of the earth, (the Roman Emperors), who declared their doctrines to be the only ones allowed; and then Christendom, aided by the crushing boot of the Roman Empire, persecuted and killed the true saints. John later saw and prophesied how the whole world would worship Satan, following the false prophets' beastly religion with horns like a lamb. And so all of Christendom became the whore of Babylon, rejecting the cross as foolishness and ignoring the Bible's many specific exclusions, the requirements, and the qualifying conditions of salvation. See Penington's writing on Babylon to understand more how the spirit of antichrist rules Christendom.]
2 Every spirit that confesses (acknowledges, owns, admits) Jesus as the Christ (anointing) who has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess (acknowledge, own, admit) Jesus (the anointing) is not of God. This is net of the early Greek translations; see the NetBible footnotes. Some early Greek texts read Jesus, some read Jesus Christ, some early ones read the Christ. The King James said: every spirit that does not confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God.
In Matthew 23:8-10, Jesus says, for you have one teacher, the Christ. Notice Jesus did not say, "I am your teacher." He said, "the Christ;" Christ means the anointing or with God's spirit. So Jesus is telling them that the anointing, or the spirit of God, is their one teacher. Now look at what John says: But the anointing that you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him. 1 John 2:27. Notice he speaks of the anointing as "abide in him;" he speaks of the spirit as a person, whom Jesus has identified as "the Christ." John spoke this verse, (27), because there were those who were trying to seduce the brothers with false teachings.
So the meaning of every spirit that does not confess Jesus as the Christ (the anointing) is not of God, means every sprit that does not confess (acknowledge, own, admit) the anointing, (which is the Christ), is not of God. To confess Jesus Christ who has come in the flesh, is to confess like Paul: It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. Gal 2:20; Jesus ruled Paul's thoughts, words, and deeds — even supplying the thoughts with the mind of Christ.
No half-intelligent false prophet would say that Jesus Christ never walked the earth as a fleshly man; no one would need to be cautioned about such an obvious fraud. That is not the meaning of this test. What this verse means is this: Anyone who denies that Jesus Christ (the anointing) comes (has come) in that person's flesh, to be their controlling Lord of words and deeds, is antiChrist. Anyone who does not have the anointing controlling them is controlled by a different spirit than Christ. They will even deny there is a controlling anointing to be had. Christ means with God's spirit, or anointing: the anointing that you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things, and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him. 1 John 2:27. And you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 1 John 2:20. John says: These things I have written to you concerning those who seduce you. 1 John 2:26. So, the anointing will protect them from the false prophets, who deny (will not confess, or acknowledge) the anointing.
The key word to understand is confess. John's word confess means to own up to, or to admit that Jesus Christ's anointing Spirit is [has] come in the [their] flesh. As proof of this assertion, look at the footnote to verse 4:15 in the next sentence.