John is warning the spiritual babies in Christ about false teachers because they are most vulnerable to confusion & deception.
I. UNDERSTANDING THE “LAST HOUR”? (18)
The last hour means a time period that extends till God calls it 'the end'
Since Christ came into the world we have entered the "last hour”.
I believe every Christian since then has been living in the last days.
The word Christ means "anointed one.
Before knowing who is anti-Christ we need to know who Christ is?
Christ is not the last name of Jesus – Before He became a man Christ is God - Christ with God – Christ is the Word of God – Christ is the Creator God.
Christ Jesus has the glorified body (resurrected body) of Jesus – takes it up with Him forever.
Paul writes as ‘Christ Jesus” in his letters since he was referring to resurrected Jesus.
The invisible God becomes visible in eternity in Christ Jesus.
Every believer is in His image (glorified body) – the Church is called ‘Body of Christ’.
Jesus Christ was limited to certain time period – Christ Jesus is timeless.
Who is anti-Christ?
It is basically refers to a principle of evil that is hostile and opposed to God.
That principle can be in human form and existed in every generation.
Some thought He was only a mere man; others thought He was some kind of phantom.
So John reaffirms that Jesus Christ was God in human flesh.
The spirit of Antichrist has always been in the world in open opposition to Christ and made attempts to replace Him.
The anti-God force in the world has taken on many forms throughout the centuries, but there will be one great and final form as described in Revelation.
John says they belonged to the church before they wandered off from the reality of Jesus into a land of deception. (19)
Today we are seeing with our own eyes the damage done to Christianity by such Antichrist elements in our world – they are aggressive – they are relentless – they are purposeful.
II. KNOWLEDGE OF TRUTH (20-21)
The only person depicted in scripture as the Holy One is Lord Jesus.
Christ gives the Holy Spirit to them as a believer’s ‘resident truth- teacher’.
Holy Spirit imparts all knowledge to the believer pertaining to spiritual truth.
John presents a picture of the Christian in contrast to the antichrists.
False teachers depart from the fellowship, deny the faith, and try to deceive the faithful.
Christians received the truth - remain faithful – receive the anointing of the Lord.
Knowing Truth is a Gift of the Holy Spirit through the anointing.
Today the church is interpreting the scriptures conveniently for homosexual agenda.
Colossians 3:16a "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”
III. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST LIE? (22-23)
The biggest lie according to Bible is the one who denies the incarnation and the deity of Lord Jesus Christ.
Today many cults, modernism and liberal thinking are based on this biggest lie.
Not only this lie denies the deity of Jesus but also deny God of the Bible, the Father.
Those who deny Christ is denying the Father.
Today many people believe in God but do not believe in Christ.
Their God is not the God of the Bible because Jesus Christ revealed God.
Whoever denies Christ's deity opposes the revelation that authenticates the credentials of the Messiah.
Whoever acknowledges and believes in Lord Jesus believes in the Living God of the Bible.