Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

John declares this straightforward truth: “Many deceivers have gone out into the world.” He also teaches us how to recognize these “deceivers.” Although there are many possible indications, he summarizes their identity with one phrase: “those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.”

There can be no simpler statement. In short, the entire test is based on the person and ministry of Jesus Christ. If we want to know the truth about a person’s faith and whether or not they are genuine and trustworthy or a “deceiver,” we simply need to know their attitude toward Jesus.

This test does not just mean a recognition that Jesus lived. Many skeptics, doubters, and deceivers acknowledge that He lived. However, they question His character and nature. They deny that He was God. They doubt His miracles and the supernatural power He demonstrated. They reject the fact that He was raised from the dead and that He still lives.

In simple terms, the test we should apply encompasses all of these aspects of Jesus’ life and ministry. Those who fail to stand on these truths reveal their true character. They have chosen to misinterpret Jesus’ life and ministry, twisting the evidence according to their own perspective. Their goal is not to serve God.

Today, make sure that you have made a firm commitment to follow Jesus. Don’t waver or let your mind be clouded by doubts. Declare that Jesus is your Lord, and seek to serve Him. Make Him the foundation of your life. Be on guard against deception.