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Oct 7, 2013

1 John 2:18-27


Truth Statement: 

It is critical in these days to be able to discern between truth and deception.


The Great Deception . . .


·         The Antichrist who will come:  he is called the Son of Destruction; man of lawlessness; defies God; controlled by Satan; the final antichrist; denies the Father and the Son. (1 John 2:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)


·         The antichrists who now have come:  those who profess that Jesus is not from God; deny the deity of Jesus; liars and deceivers. (1 John 4:3; 2 John 7; 1 John 2:22)


o   “they”—those within the church or Christian community who were imposters. (1 John 2:19)

§  The spirit of antichrist denies that Jesus is the Christ and that Jesus is God. (v. 22-23a)


Implication:  Those within the Church are not necessarily true followers of Christ.


The Truth . . .


·         True followers of Christ are anointed by the Holy Spirit. 

o   The Spirit of God enables us to know the knowledge of truth. (v. 20-21)

o   The Spirit of God enables us to practice righteousness. (v. 29)



1.      Abide in the word.

2.      Abide in Christ.


Questions to Answer . . .


·         What is the evidence of your life that affirms you are in Christ?

·         Are you abiding in the word of God so that you might be able to discern what is a lie?