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LIVE IN TRUTH

1 John 2:18-27

I. THERE WILL BE CHALLENGERS IN THE LAST HOUR

A. AN APPEARANCE OF ANTICHRISTS

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

1. The Emergence of Many Antichrists

--Although there is to be one great and final antichrist of the ages, there have been and will continue to be many antichrists who arise to challenge the core of our faith, Jesus Christ.

When His disciples asked Jesus "what shall be the sign of thy coming and the end of the world ? Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you. For MANY shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

--Every age has its own batch of antichrists to deal with and a fresh new batch of heresies to content with.

2. The Enticements of False Prophets

--There are several methods used by these false prophets and antichrists:

* They work from within the body (1 John 2:19)

Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

* They prey on the weak

* They promote themselves as "Protectors of Truth"

* They attempt to embrace God as while rejecting Jesus as Son and as Christ - 1 John 2:22

B. AN ABUNDANCE OF DEFECTORS

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

--I am all for unity in the body of Christ, but not at the expense of truth.

--If there are those who depart from the faith because they cannot affirm that Jesus is Christ the Lord, we in the body of Christ are under no obligation to be joined together with them.

--According to John, many will prove to be defectors, traitors to the faith and will prove by their departure that they never belonged to Christ, "they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us."

--However, some will remain like wolves among the sheep looking to devour as many as possible while pretending to belong to the flock.

--Jesus refers to them as tares, or weeds, among the wheat, which will not be separated until the last day of harvest.

II. THERE MUST BE CORRECTIVES AGAINST CUNNING DECEPTIONS

--How can we protect ourselves against the false teachings of these many antichrists when they sound so convincing and their arguments so thoroughly supported by the opinions of the day?

A. THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY ONE UPON US

1 John 2:20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

--If you know Christ, you have received the Holy Spirit who dwells within you, anointing you with His presence and with the ability to understand and discern true from false even in some cases when your reason fails you.

--The presence or absence of that "ring of truth" comes from the leading of the Spirit who guards our hearts and minds from what is false.

John 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:


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