The Antichrist

Scripture: 1 John 2:22, ‘Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son.’

 

Observations: In this section John turns to the issue of the antichrist (v18-27). The antichrist has been popularized in the Left Behind series as a single individual who appears in the Last Days and opposes God’s people. But according to John ‘this is the last hour (or the end times)… and many antichrists have [already] come. (v18)’ It’s possible that the spirit of the antichrist might become more prevalent in the last days, but the truth is that it has been alive and well ever since Jesus returned to heaven. The mark of the antichrist is three-fold. Firstly, they ‘deny that Jesus is the Christ.’ Secondly, they deny that Jesus came from God (4:3). Thirdly, they deny that Jesus came in the flesh (2 Jn 7). The point is that the antichrist is anti the truth concerning Jesus Christ. Basically, they are liars, they reject the truth as revealed in God’s word. But even more, in denying Jesus they also deny God the Father. Jesus himself said ‘he who rejects me rejects him who sent me. (Lk 10:16)’ Believing the truth about Jesus is crucial to our salvation.

 

Application: Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Anointed One? Do you believe that Jesus is the second person of the Trinity? Do you believe that Jesus came in the flesh to die on the cross for our sins? To reject these truths is the spirit of the antichrist. And many people have done so. They have either rejected Jesus outright, or they have twisted the truth concerning him, for example the Mormons and the Jehovah Witnesses, amongst others. Do you also defend the truth about Jesus? The Apostle John was passionate about proclaiming the glory of Jesus Christ, are you?

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You sent Your own Son, Jesus into this world in order to pay the penalty for my sin. I thank You that in sending Your Son, You didn’t send just a servant, but that in Jesus You Yourself came into our world. Lord, I believe that Jesus is the Christ, that He is fully God and fully man, that He is my Lord and Saviour. Lord, help me see the spirit of the antichrist and help me defend Jesus’ glory. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

 

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