By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
—1 John 4:2-3, 13-17; 5:4-5
by: Gabrielle Osborn.
Gullible: being easily persuaded to believe something. While believing in the goodness of people is not a bad thing, this passage from 1 John warns us that being too gullible can be detrimental to our faith. It is clear that there are false prophets in the world teaching a false gospel. This passage teaches us how to discern false teachers. We know that Jesus is both fully God and fully man. If anyone denies His deity or His humanity, it should be an automatic warning to question the validity of what they are saying and the authority from which they are speaking.