October 15, 2017
The Heart of the Matter: The Antichrist
Pastor Yogi continued our series through 1 John, The Heart of the Matter, with this look at 1 John 2:18-27. In this passage, John writes about the antichrist, and the resistance that true believers can expect from the world. John talks about this in three different ways. First of all, there is the spirit of the antichrist, which are the demonic forces that are behind antiChristian teaching and activity. Secondly, there are those who embody the spirit of the antichrist – these are people, like the Gnostics in John’s time, who resist Jesus and oppose the work of the Church. Finally, there is The Antichrist, who is a kind of satanic superman, who has power to manipulate and captivate many people, leading them away from God.
True followers of Jesus must recognize that we are living in the last days. What we mean by this isn’t that we know when Jesus is returning; rather, it means that everything that needs to be done has been done. We have everything we need to proclaim the Gospel. We also must seek and know the truth that is fully revealed in Jesus Christ. Don’t be led astray by false teaching, which is permeating the world and even the Church!