Sunday 25 November, 2018

1 John 2:18-25

18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

Sometimes we need to stop and get back to basics. John, at the very start of this paragraph, is essentially saying “Folks, let’s cut to the chase,  ‘cause we are out of time.”

It’s time to ask the hard questions…am I a true follower of Jesus? Do I really have His Spirit working in my life? What evidence is there in my life that proves my faith in Jesus is real? Am I actually doing what He wants? Do I know what He wants? Is there a daily friendship with Jesus – is there ‘fellowship’? Do I have this eternal life that He is offering me?

Lord, please work on me today – and keeping working on me until I can say a resounding “YES” to all these questions.   Amen

Written by Boudy Van Noppen

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