Posts Tagged ‘Antichrists

11
Sep
17

The Spirit Abides In Us

In John’s day, the antichrists about whom he was writing were trying to lead God’s people astray through false teaching. John said that the anointing of the Holy Spirit would teach those to whom He was writing and would continue to guide them into Truth. John said:

I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.​ -​ 1 John 2:26-27 (NIV)

Be careful when it comes to those you listen to when it comes to teachers and preachers. If God’s Spirit is warning you that what they are teaching doesn’t sound quite right, then search the Scriptures and judge correctly. God gave you His Spirit to lead you into Truth. Don’t ignore His Spirit, but instead allow the Spirit to guide you today.
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05
Sep
17

Jesus’ Church

In 1 John 2:18, John talks about people who are antichrists. Who are these people about whom he is writing? He clarifies it a little bit in verse 19:

They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. – 1 John 2:19 (NIV)

These are people who leave the Christian faith and start actively working against the church through false teaching and division. We see this in our day, too. People who were once part of the church who have now started working against it. When the Apostle Paul was persecuting the church as Saul, Jesus asked him, “Why do you persecute Me?” To work against and to persecute the church is to work against Christ, for the church is His body. Is the church perfect? Not this side of Heaven. But Jesus loves His church and He died for His church. Let’s work together to build His church instead of leaving her and working against what Christ loves so much.
01
Sep
17

The Antichrists Are Coming

There are many who live in opposition to Jesus. Those who oppose Him could be called “antichrists.” We tend to think of the Antichrist as an individual, but John says that there are many. He wrote:

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.  – 1 John 2:18 (NIV)

In the days since Jesus ascended nearly 2,000 years ago, many have lived as enemies of the cross. There are many who are merely indifferent to Jesus. There are many who oppose Jesus and His church. Those who are anti Christ live as enemies of Jesus. The thing is that Jesus wins in the end. When you are with Jesus, you win. Keep your eyes on Heaven and on Jesus. He will return some day and those who have been faithful to Him and doing His will are going to be rewarded and those who oppose Him will be condemned.
23
Feb
16

Loving The Antichrists

1 John 2:18-23 (NIV)

Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.


According to John, if you’re not for Jesus, you’re against Him.  There were some false teachers in the early church who left their faith and denied that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.  They fell for a lie straight from the enemy.  To deny the Truth that Jesus is the Son of God is to believe a lie.  To perpetuate that lie and to teach that Jesus is anything other than the Son of God, the promised Savior of the world is to be an antichrist.

The scary thing is that our world is full of antichrists.  There are many who stand opposed to Jesus.  Paul wrote in Philippians 3:18 (NIV) that “many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.”  There are many people who do many good things in our world.  They create beauty and do kind things to help people.  They rescue animals and recycle and love their families.  They don’t cheat on their taxes or their spouses and they give to charity.  But they don’t know Jesus.  They don’t love Jesus.  They don’t believe in Jesus.  They deny Jesus.  They aren’t going to Heaven.  It’s not because they’re not nice.  It’s because they don’t know Jesus.

This is why it is so extremely important that followers of Christ lovingly share the Gospel with the antichrists of our world.  No one has to go to Hell!  God’s deepest desire is for everyone to go to Heaven.  That’s why He sent His Son!  He sacrificed His own Son on a Roman cross to save us from an eternity separated from God in Hell.  Jesus took the punishment that we deserve.  He gave up His life as a perfect human sacrifice to satisfy the wrath of God and rescue us from Hell.  We’ve got to tell people the good news of Jesus and His love.  We have to demonstrate and show His love to a world full of antichrists.  It is their only hope.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, give me an opportunity to share my faith with someone today.  Help me to see that opportunity and to seize it.  Thank You for saving me through Jesus.  Amen.




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