Today you should read: 1 John 2:18-29
In our culture today there are a barrage of beliefs that people ascribe to which are accepted by our society as truth. By truth, I mean “relative truth” which differs from person to person. What you believe may be true for you but not for me, and vice versa. While this sounds all well and good and the inclusive way to find your path God; it is clearly not Biblical. It is also nothing new. Mankind has been trying to go our own way since the fall, convinced that we know better than God (our creator) about how to live our lives.
In this section of chapter 2 John warns the church about antichrists (anyone who denies Jesus is the Christ.) In John’s day there were people who were false teachers, many of which claimed to be Christians, which were leading people astray by teaching that Jesus was not the Christ. They were claiming faith in God while denying and opposing Jesus’ divinity. For whatever reason they had begun to teach this false gospel and true believers were being deceived and pulled away from the truth of Christ that they accepted. Does this sound familiar? Some 2000 years later there are still antichrists that claim faith in God but completely deny the divinity of Jesus and that He is the way God revealed Himself to the world and reconciled the world through this sacrifice. This is heresy! It was in John’s day and it still is today. Yet droves of people flock to “spiritual” religions that deny Christ or claim the name of Christ but completely distort the gospel message. So, what is John’s advice for believers to guard against these antichrists?
24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.26 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. As a believer you have the Holy Spirit of God living inside you to guide you in the truth of Christ and check your hearts when that truth is distorted in your lives. Don’t ignore the Holy Spirit’s guidance. He will remind you of the truth you heard in the beginning about Christ. You never grow beyond the gospel! Be leery of anyone who tries to add or take away from the gospel message.
2. Hold on to the truth found in God’s Word about Jesus. The only way to know what is truth about Jesus and what is not, is to know what God’s Word says. Study the Word for yourself so that you can discern heresy from truth.
3. Stay connected to the body of Christ. Keep yourself under sound Biblical teaching and have relationships with other believers who will help you grow in your faith and stand firm on the truth of Christ.
Posted by: Matt Mofield