They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:5-6 | NASB
The world is full. Full of itself. It’s in error to the truth of God’s word and the testimony of Jesus. The Greek word for error here is Planos meaning a wondering, leading astray, deceived. We know that we were once living this lifestyle until Jesus found us. It’s in our own selfish nature to want to go to the way of error when things don’t go according to plan. The children of Israel did the same.
John was dealing with some issues pertaining to false teachers popping up here and there in his letter. He’s making the distinction between Truth and lies, discerning true walk and call verses the world. The world has never listed and probably never will until the Lord’s return.
Question to consider:
How do you know the difference between the spirit of Truth and spirit of error?