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Anti-Christs Among Us

1 John Bible Study, Part 5

1 John 2:18-27

Introduction

- Last time, John gave us tremendous insight into living fully for Christ

• We have an Advocate

• We must live for Him

• God makes us complete

- V4 is the confirmation of this statement: “Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar … AND the truth is not in that person.”

- Caution: We are not all going to live perfect lives, admit it

-- We are also all going to sin and have to ask for forgiveness of our sin

-- The problem is this: When your sin no longer bothers you; then v4 is you

- If we take serious the commands of God, then God’s love is made complete in us

-- If we obey the Word, we are made complete because He dwells within us

- Tonight, John continues to encourage us by furthering his explanations

-- It is when we see why he says what he does, that our encouragement is found

- IMP: (see v17) the world and it’s desires will one day pass away!

-- The world’s values do not last for eternity, they are self-centered and empty

-- John’s cry to the believer here is asking, “Who do you live for?”

- Read 1 John 2:18-27 / Pray

∆ Point 1 – Many Anti-Christs Exist Already (18-19)

- Lots of folks want to teach about the anti-Christ but miss what John says

-- In v18 we see something specific: “many antichrists have come”; past-tense

- It is most definitely the final hour; of a clock that only God understands

-- Although many try to define this time period … but there is no definition

-- This is why once you start hearing dates/times, you can change the channel

- The end of times are not defined, but they are definitely a distinct period of time

-- The time between Jesus’ resurrection and second coming exist for a purpose

-- It exists to show us the promise of God to be revealed at His choosing

- John warns all that read this about a time coming of one who is “anti-Christ”

-- His position, his stance, his demeanor, even his words are against God

-- But not only that, many have come since who’ve gone the way of sin/despair

- Some people even follow these antichrists’ leaving sound biblical doctrine

-- 2 Tim 4:3, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

-- That time began long ago (before today) and still continues today (sadly)

-- IMP: If those who’ve left were really Christians, they would have stood firm

- These made a profession of faith; but denied its requirements/submission

-- John shows in v19 that their “going” proves they were not of Christ

-- This is critical to understand … when you know the truth, the lie is visible

-- You can always spot the nonsense once you know the truth

- IMP: The truth is always revealed by God and the Spirit

-- It’s what gives us purpose in our walk to obey; to follow; to submit


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