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Jesus Is The Christ

When it comes to truth and lies, John says that the lie of the antichrist is to deny that Jesus is the Christ. To say that Jesus is not the Messiah, the Anointed One of God, is to lie. He wrote:

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. – 1 John 2:22-23 (NIV)

When we come to saving faith in Christ by God’s grace, we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God. We believe in Jesus, repent from our sinful ways, confess and acknowledge our faith in Christ as the Messiah and are baptized for the forgiveness of our sins. It is at that moment when we call on the name of the Lord that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Our sins are washed away by God’s grace and we begin a new life of faithful devotion to Jesus. We get all of the spiritual blessings of new life in Christ when we acknowledge the truth that Jesus is the Christ.

Do You Know The Truth?

The Apostle John wrote about the difference between those he called the antichrists and the believers to whom he was writing. He said:

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. – 1 John 2:20-21 (NIV)

For thousands of years humans have been trying to figure out what is truth. When Jesus was on trial, Pilate asked Him, “What is truth?” It is a question that echoes down through history. People want to know what truth is and what the implications of the truth are for their lives. Jesus said that He is the way, the TRUTH and the life. If you want truth, you’ve got to look to Jesus. He will never lie to you. He will never deceive you. As John says, “…no lie comes from the truth.” God’s Spirit can lead you into truth. Are you willing to listen and to follow?

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.

The Old/New Commandment

If we are going to live as Jesus did, we have to live a life of love. Jesus told His disciples repeatedly to “love one another.” The apostles passed this command on to the early church. John wrote:

Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. – 1 John 2:7-8 (NIV)

The commandment to love your neighbor as yourself is found in the Old Testament and Jesus reiterated it in the Gospels. But Jesus did not merely tell His followers to love one another, He demonstrated this kind of love. To live as Jesus lived is to love people – ALL people – as you love yourself. When we have this unconditional love for the world in our hearts, then we will truly be living as Jesus lived.

Complete Love

How do you know that you really love God? I mean really love God. It is when we obey His Word.

But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. – 1 John 2:5-6 (NIV)

To know and love God is to obey Him. As John says, this is how we know that we are abiding in Him. Our obedience to His word will increase and our sinfulness will decrease. Will we ever be sinless? Hardly. But our lives will be characterized less by sin and more by obedience to God’s Word. We will look more like Jesus in the way that we love, serve and forgive others. That’s what Jesus did and what we need to be doing, too. Not as a way of earning God’s favor, but as a grateful response to the favor and grace He’s already given to us.

Do You Know Jesus?

We can claim to know Jesus, but where is the evidence? Where is the proof of our relationship with Him? It is in our obedience. The Apostle John wrote:

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. – 1 John 2:3-4 (NIV)

To know and love Jesus is to obey Him. What commands of His should we obey? All of them! We may tend to think that that is REALLY hard. In reality, Jesus boiled down all of God’s commands to two: love God and love people. If we really love God, we will not sin against Him by putting anything else in His place. That means that we have to put God first in our lives. If we really love people, it means that we won’t sin against them. We won’t lie to people or cheat on them or steal from them. If we claim to know Jesus, but we don’t do what He commands, then John says that we don’t really know Him. Jesus is Lord and Master and He means what He says. Do you know Jesus? If you do, then obey Him by loving God and loving people today.

Jesus Died For Everyone

Not only is Jesus our advocate before our Heavenly Father, but He is also the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Jesus did not die for just a few select people, though. Jesus died for everyone. This is what John said:

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:2 (NIV)

This is so important to realize as followers of Jesus. It means that EVERYONE has access to God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone and everyone in the whole world can find salvation and forgiveness through our friend, Jesus. He sacrificed Himself on the cross for the sins of the whole world. So what does that mean for us in the church? We’ve got to tell the whole world about our Savior, Jesus. Everyone needs to hear about Him and His love and have the opportunity to respond to His offer of salvation by grace through faith. Who is the one person you can talk to today about your friend, Jesus? Go and tell them because everyday brings us one step closer to His return.

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