Get Ready and Stay Ready
Series: Life 2.0 – Upgrade Now #6
1 John 2:18-28
LEAP – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce
Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come. 1 John 2:18
Why is it important to know the truth?
1. The last hour is here. The end times are Christ’s church times not a length of time. New Testament
But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 2 Peter 3:8
2. The spirit of anti-christ is alive and well.
a. spirit of the world is against or instead of Christ
b. false teachers
c. The leader of the final rebellion
3. The Holy Spirit is passing truth to the church, while lies or evil are powered by Satan. (Adversary)
19 These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.
With time the spirit of antichrist increases.
20 But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth. 21 So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies.
We know the truth because of the Holy Spirit and the Word.
22 And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. 23 Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
The Word of God will always test the Spirit.
• We believe the Word of God is Truth
• Jesus is the Son of God
• People cannot save themselves. Jesus is the way
• Christ sacrificed His life and resurrected
• The Holy Spirit is in Christians.
• We are Christ’s body the church.
• Jesus is coming back
24 So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. 25 And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.
Let The Word abide in us and we abide in the Spirit.
26 I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. 27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
Get ready and stay ready.
28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.
29 Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children.