A warning against anitichrists

June 16th, 2014

In todays passage the title is a warning against antichrists. This is found in 1 John 2:18-29 NLT.

In verse 18 it uses the term antichrist twice. One is used with a capital A and one with a lower case a. The lower case version is referring to false teachers that infiltrated the church and the capital A is about the Antichrist who is talked about in Revelation 13, 19:20, and 20:10.

In verse 26 we see that John is writing this section to warn against being led astray by these false teachers. As we have seen before they would deny key things about Christ’s being the Messiah and how we should live.

John says there are two keys to help us from being led astray. The first is to remember we have the Holy Spirit as our helper and teacher. In verse 27 he says, “But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true”.

The second is to remember the foundation teachings they were taught. That Christ is from the Father in heaven, that He is eternal, that He is the promised Messiah and He is the only way to find salvation.

This is why it is so important for us as Christ followers to walk closely with Him, to pray, to study our Bibles and to rely on the Holy Spirit’s teaching and promptings. When we do this we can stand firm in Christ.

Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:

Have you had a time when you have been led astray by false teachings? What did you do?

What things have you got in place now to minimise the chances of being led astray?

God Bless,

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