Antichrists (1John 2:18-27)

Antichrists (1John 2:18-27)

Sermon Outline

  1. Introduction
    1. John gives his 3rd endearing term of address. (1Jn 2:18)
    2. First thing John teaches us is that it is the last hour.
      1. Jesus and the gospel writers spoke about the ‘last days’ (Acts 2:17, 2Tim 3:1, 2Pt 3:3)
      2. It isn’t just the hour when Jesus died for the sins of people, (Jn 2:4, 7:30)
      3. Nor is it the hour when the gospel would become clear to the apostles, (Jn 16:25)
      4. Rather, it is the hour when any moment Jesus might return. (Jn 5:28-29)
  2. Who are the antichrists?
    1. The term literally, when broken down means “against/opposed Christ”, i.e. an enemy of God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit.
    2. OT Imagery of enemies of God (Dan 7:8, 21)
    3. NT Imagery (Mt 13:37-39, Jn 14:30)
  3. What do antichrists do?
    1. Antichrists divide the church by withdrawing from it (1Jn 2:19)
    2. Antichrists deny the Trinitarian Nature of God – Father and Son (1Jn 2:22)
    3. Antichrists deny that Jesus incarnated into our world (1Jn 4:2-3, 2Jn 7)
    4. Antichrists Deny that Jesus is the Son of God (1Jn 4:2-3, 14-15)
    5. Antichrists deny Jesus as Messiah (1Jn 2:22-23)
      1. The term Christ, is the Greek form of the Hebrew Messiah, means anointed.
      2. Prophets, Priests and Kings
    6. Finally, Antichrists try to deceive people from believing the above truths of God, Christ and Salvation. (1Jn 2:26, Jn 8:44)
  4. Should we worry about them? (1Jn 2:20)
    1. We remained faithful argument (1Jn 2:19)
    2. We have the HS Anointing (1Jn 2:20, 1Jn 4:4, Mt 16:18)
    3. We have truth (1Jn 2:20-21)
  5. How to prepare to withstand them? (1Jn 2:21-27)
    1. Study of the Scriptures.
    2. Knowledge of the Creeds and confessions of the church.
    3. Understanding of the ancient heresies.
    4. Have a close personal walk with Christ.

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