Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 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. And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. (1 John 2:18-27 ESV)
Jesus is the only true Messiah, to be a part of his story is to be anointed with the Holy Spirit and confessing Jesus Christ as the only true Messiah. The presence of the Spirit indicates that you are a part of the promise of God. Your confidence is in the finished work of Jesus, but you do need to be on your guard against the false teaching and deceptions. Do you know the real thing from the counterfeit?
- What is an antichrist?
- What defense do we have against antichrists?
- What is this anointing you’ve received and why is this so important? (Look up John 14:15-31)
- If its true that you’ve been promised eternal life. That you have it… How does that affect your life?