two rivers church

1 John 2:18-27

Spud Duffey

Nov 23, 2014

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1 John 2:18-27
Children, it is the last hour. And as you have heard, "Antichrist is coming," even now many antichrists have come. We know from this that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. I have not written to you because you don't know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar, if not the one who denies that Jesus is the Messiah? This one is the antichrist: the one who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son can have the Father; he who confesses the Son has the Father as well. What you have heard from the beginning must remain in you. If what you have heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He Himself made to us: eternal life. I have written these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. The anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you don't need anyone to teach you. Instead, His anointing teaches you about all things and is true and is not a lie; just as He has taught you, remain in Him.

Big Idea - A refusal of Biblical truth makes individuals function as anti-Christs.

1. There are many who claim to be pro-Christ, but their actions say otherwise.

Luke 6:43-45
"A good tree doesn't produce bad fruit; on the other hand, a bad tree doesn't produce good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs aren't gathered from thornbushes, or grapes picked from a bramble bush. A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.

Proverbs 27:19
As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.

2. The truth about our spiritual condition is rooted in what we believe about the Trinitarian God.

3. Many will try to persuade us away from the truths about God. Abiding in Him prevents this.

2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths.

Application

Perspective

Our thoughts must be rooted in biblical truth, not the convicting actions/thoughts of man.

Sanctification is not the process of becoming like Christ. The process is transformation.

Heart

An abiding heart finds peace in the Truth.

James 1:5-8
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.

Personal Praxis

How are you abiding in the Truth.

Community Praxis

In our community, are you living out the character of Christ or causing division like a functional anti-Christ.

Note: all scripture references are in HCSB

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