Last week’s text led us into a discussion of antichrists, or Antichrist; John P. hunted down a quote he had seen, Referencing the Antichrist:
"We do not want another committee, we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking.”
“Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him."
Paul-Henri Spaak, (d. 1972) former PM of Belgium
Last week was about falsehoods: the bending of the truth and those who bend it
John wrote as a reminder—all of us need a reminder once in a while
…and a reinforcement of what they already knew…we all need that occasionally as well
We may tell our kids we love them over and over…but we still have to remind them occasionally
Occasionally, we may need a reminder of the truth
Recalling the difference between relative truth and absolute truth
There are certain situations in which relative truth has some validity; in matters of faith, only absolute faith is valid; e.g., 1 Tim 2 5-6
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
The more chaotic the world, the more garbage we hear/see, the more we may need these reminders…
BTW...if anyone has concerns about the chaotic nature of this current world.... refer to Ps 20 7;
A piece of absolute truth we may need to remind ourselves in trying and uncertain times:
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
We can change chariots and horses to Republicans and Democrats; …tanks and missiles; …aircraft and navy…but WE TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD OUR GOD!
His NAME implies his history, His reputation, His attributes…we must not forget that
Recall that he is writing to true believers, understanding that there have been phonies among them
The phonies have left
The “anointed” ones…anointing of the Holy Spirit comes to all believers; what we do with it varies from person to person
“I write to you not because,” aorist tense; has a past aspect to it; other translations something like “I have not written to you...”
Most likely deals with the writing of the current letter and its purpose (a “hoti” clause); “I just said this, understand why I just said it”
John is not the only writer to offer repeated reminders—we found some similar things in 2 Peter, using the terms remind and reminder
There are only two kinds of people in the world, those who divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don’t!
We certainly can make a case for having two kinds of people: saved and unsaved
Saved are Heaven-bound
We can also make a case—using this text—for two kinds of people:
Deny that Jesus is the Christ
Denies Father and Son
We should not be surprised
John 8:44 (ESV) words of Jesus, speaking of Satan
When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Confess the Son
…confess is-to agree with God that Jesus is His Son
Thus has both Father and Son
Will abide in both Son and Father
Have eternal life
…yeah, that sounds weird...
People profess their beliefs in many ways—pro and con; denials come in many forms
Some already addressed (heresies of John’s day; some current aberrations) e.g., Unitarians deny the trinity
Some denominations—or at least some leaders within them—deny the divinity of Jesus
…some make social issues into the Gospel
Many flatly deny God; some deny the Son of God, or His divine nature
Some practice other religions to the exclusion of Christianity
Some attempt to practice Christianity plus something else
Many will say “I’m a Christian” but have no idea of the term’s meaning and implication
—not Jewish, Muslim, Hindu....
Some claim a conversion experience…but make statements contrary to God’s nature and being
…or openly engage in and promote actions contrary to His commands
We want the profession of faith
We addressed the levels of Christian maturity based on a previous passage
Baby Christian; Warrior Stage; Senior Saint Stages
We’re not going to understand it all right away…but we should be learning
As we learn, our behaviors change—part of that transformational process
There’s the matter of abiding—we’ll dig more into that next week
Within this is the concept of abiding which takes us to...
A condition: 1 John 2 24
Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.
The “beginning” here refers to their initial conversion; when they turned to Christ for salvation
A result: 1 John 2 25
And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.
A bit more word-nerd stuff: construction is a particular grammatical form, 3rd class condition, expresses a future potential
Does NOT express the thought that you can be in Christ and then leave
People dabble at Christianity—try it on for size—and walk
Never saved, never transformed, never converted; still the old man/old creation
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
We exist as material beings and immaterial beings
Dichotomy or trichotomy— either way you chose to understand it
Body and soul/spirit
Body, soul and spirit
Our total being comes into existence at conception
We live our lives
Our bodies (the material portion of our being) go into the grave or to ashes; our souls/spirits (the immaterial) into an eternal existence—either to be with Christ, or to be in Hell until the final judgement
This period is often called the intermediate state
At the Rapture—(our resurrection) the return of Jesus, our bodies and souls will be reunited (this for believers); we will reign with Jesus in the millennial kingdom
For the unsaved, their resurrection awaits another time, at the end of the millennial kingdom
There will be a final judgment
Believers judged based upon their works, to receive rewards;
Non-believers according to their deeds, appears to be levels of punishment, greater and lesser—still eternal punishment
No part of death or Hell will be pleasant for the non-believer!
After the judgment, Death and Hell will be thrown into the Lake of Fire—an everlasting fire
...a new Heaven and a new Earth come into being, and we will be forever with the Lord
A reminder—there will be liars out there
They may not—often will not—recognize the lies
First come to the truth
We must hold fast to the truth
We are anointed by the Holy Spirit to do so
With the spirit will grow in the truth—or the truth will grow in us
Be bold and share the truth