1 John 2:18-25
18 Dear children, we are living in the last days. You have heard that the great enemy of Christ is coming. But even now many enemies of Christ have already come. That’s how we know that these are the last days. 19 These enemies left our community of believers. They didn’t really belong to us. If they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by leaving they showed that none of them belonged to us. 20 You have received the Spirit from the Holy One. And all of you know the truth. 21 I’m not writing to you because you don’t know the truth. I’m writing because you do know it. I’m writing to you because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. The person who says this is the great enemy of Christ. They say no to the Father and the Son. 23 The person who says no to the Son doesn’t belong to the Father. But anyone who says yes to the Son belongs to the Father also. 24 Make sure that you don’t forget what you have heard from the beginning. Then you will remain joined to the Son and to the Father. 25 And here is what God has promised us. He has promised us eternal life.
John reminds us that true followers of Jesus have been ‘anointed’ by His Holy Spirit, so that a real change of heart and character has happened, which leads to the recognition that Jesus is indeed the Messiah. He truly is the son of God. Others, who had started out with Jesus’ followers had moved on, captured by another lie, because this real change of heart had not occurred. Remember the greatest lie of all is ‘to deny the father and the son’ (verse 22).
John says to deny that Jesus really is God’s Son results in us not truly knowing the Father because we only know the Father through the Son. The Antichrist people of the time, and indeed our time, say this is a lie. John says you know because the ‘anointing’ remains within us, that without anyone teaching us from the outside, as it were, you know the truth deep within.
So what you may say. Today there are many who are happy to speak of God, but not of Jesus and certainly not that it is through Jesus alone that we come to know the Father.
So it is important that we speak of Jesus, not simply God. That we make plain that Jesus is the only way to God. The comfort of people talking about God often disappears when we start talking about Jesus – remember He is an offense well as a fragrance of life (2 Cor 2:16).
What existed then exists now – a need to clearly testify to the saving grace, mercy, power and love of Jesus!
Father, help me to always witness to Jesus, not simply talk of your great benevolence!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta