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11:4 another Jesus. The fact that a preacher or teacher talks about “Jesus” means little, for false prophets and false teachers have always invoked His name whenever it suited their purposes, and they still do. There are the “buddy” Jesus of country music, the socialist Jesus of liberal theology, the esoteric Jesus of the New Age and the ritualistic Jesus of sacramentalism, but none of these Jesus-figures is the Savior. The true Jesus is the Creator of the universe, the Word made flesh, the one Sacrifice for sins forever, the resurrected Lord and our coming King!

11:4 another spirit. There are many evil spirits at large in the world who would seek to counterfeit the Holy Spirit in the believer’s experience if they could. We must “try the spirits.” “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God” (I John 4:2; see notes on this section).

11:4 another gospel. Paul warned against believing any man or even any angel who came preaching some other gospel than the true saving gospel of Christ which he had preached (Galatians 1:6-9). That gospel includes the fullness of the person and work of Christ, from eternity to eternity. See notes especially on Matthew 4:23; I Corinthians 15:1-4; and Revelation 14:6-7.

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