Posted by: missionventureministries | September 30, 2012

Warning about Antichrists – 1 John 2:18-19

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. 19 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.” (1 John 2:18-19)

To fully understand the message that God has for His people, it is necessary to stop and analyze the meaning of the word antichrist. The word antichrist is a grouping of two words, ‘anti’ and ‘Christ’. Christ means the Anointed, the Son of God and according to the dictionary, the word ‘anti’ means ‘opposite’ or ‘against’, so the antichrist is the contrary of, or the opposite of Christ and His teachings.

In our churches today, there are antichrists among us. There are those that pretend to be in Christ and follow His teachings, but in reality they are not real, genuine believers. However, John teaches us that they will not be able to remain hidden forever, but they will reveal to be false when they turn their backs on the things that the Bible teaches and embrace the world’s system and ideals and leave the bond and fellowship that is found with other believers. It is not that they stopped being Christians, but it is that they were never genuine Christians.

This is a very hurtful experience in the life of a Bible believing fellowship when a supposedly Christian leader, teacher, or pastor decides to abandon his faith and even to teach against it. This sort of thing doeshappen all too often, and it obviously brings up difficult questions.

Can a true believer, a teacher of the Word, a soul-winner, actually lose his salvation? Can a born-again Christian go back and be unborn? Can one who has received everlasting life through faith in Christ not really have eternal life?

If so, what about the many promises in the Bible which have assured us that: you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:13) and the one: I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28)?

The answer to this troublesome question is found in our text – 1 John 2:19. When such people, who once seemed to be genuine Christians become apostates, denouncing the truth they once taught, it is because “they were not of us“, no matter what they professed at one time.

This fact implies a serious warning. When “professing Christians” fall away, assuming they have truly understood the facts and evidences of the Christian faith: It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallenaway, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace.” (Hebrews 6:4-6). One way you can identify false Christians, are those who are called ‘tares’ in Matthew 13:38.

It is important therefore, for all professing believers to make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble (2 Peter 1:10). We must be “rooted and built up in Him” (Colossians 2:7), and always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

We are also told to – “test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).  We should ask: Does what they believe and teach meet with Scripture?  Can they prove it with the Bible? When they instruct, does it conflict with any teachings of Jesus Christ? 

Therefore, we have to study the Holy Scriptures so that we are not deceived by these false antichrists. Our faith must be grounded and firmly entrenched. It must be steadfast, without wavering and without compromise and always reaffirming that: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness 17 so that the servant of Godmay be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

 

 

 

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  1. Thank you so much for putting the time into creating these ‘sermons’ and then sharing them. These nuggets of gold that you send help to keep us encouraged.

    May God continue to bless your efforts.


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