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Summary: This is the 7th sermon in the series "Are You Real?". When Jesus returns, how will He find you?

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Series: Are You Real? [#7]

HOW WILL JESUS FIND YOU?

1 John 2:18-3:10

Introduction:

There may be some here today that don’t think Jesus is coming back in their lifetime, but He will come just like a thief and you won’t know when. When Jesus returns, how will He find you? There are several types of people Jesus will find when He returns.

1 John 2:18 (NIV)

“Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.”

In the last hour, some will be…

1. Against Christ.

1 John 2:22-23 (NIV)

“Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist- denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”

How will you know who is against Christ?

 They will deny Jesus Christ.

If you deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, then you do not know God the Father. There is no salvation without Jesus Christ.

1 John 3:8-10

“The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”

How will you know who is against Christ?

 They live like the devil.

1 John 2:26; 3:7 (NIV)

“I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.”

How will you know who is against Christ?

 They will deceive others.

In the last hour, some will…

2. Abandon Christ.

The closer we get to the end, the more persecution of Christians we will see. Persecution of Christians is happening almost all over the world, we just don’t seem to realize that here in the U.S.

When times get tough, there will be many who abandon Christ.

1 John 2:19 (NIV)

“They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.”

How can you tell who they are?

 They leave the Church.

I know you don’t have to be in church to be saved, but a believer who is growing and is walking close to the Lord will be in church and they won’t just run when things get hard. Our church is supposed to be about Jesus, not our little problems, etc…

1 John 2:24-26 (NIV)

“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. And this is what he promised us- eternal life. I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.”


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