Lee Sommitz Paraphrase
1 John 4:1-6
1 Precious children, be diligent to test for the source of every spirit since many lies are being taught. 2 Here is the bottom line: Every spirit that agrees that God appeared in the form of His Son Jesus Christ is from God. 3 Conversely, every spirit that won’t agree to that is not only not from God, but is also against the very Son He anointed! That is the spirit of antichrist you heard was coming and is already in the world. 4 You precious ones, however, are from God and have all that it takes to triumph because He who is in you far transcends all the antichrists in this world. 5 Being worldly, that is how they speak and why they are taken seriously by the world. 6 We, however, who know God, will listen to others who are from God. Thus, we can distinguish the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.