Wednesday | 29 May 2024
The spirit of antichrist

In his letter, the apostle John explained that if a person chooses to receive and believe the word that is sown into their heart by an enemy of Christ, it will become evident that they are of the spirit of antichrist. 1Jn 4:2-3. The spirit of antichrist is manifest as lawlessness. As we have already noted, lawlessness is simply disobedience. Such a person will not believe that they need to be obedient to the word of Christ that is publicly proclaimed to them by the messengers of Christ in His right hand. Furthermore, a person who has become ‘a son of the devil’, or ‘a tare’, will not believe that they need to keep walking with Christ in the fellowship of His offering and sufferings in order to learn the obedience that He has already learned for them. Heb 5:8.

One of the major differences between a son of God and a son of the devil, within a family or a congregation, will be the nature of their conversation. We know that this will be the case because it is ‘out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks’. Mat 12:33-34. A son of God will be growing in their capacity to speak from the faith that they have received from the word of Christ. 2Co 4:13-14. Their faith will be demonstrated by their desire for fellowship. In contrast, the speech of a son of the devil will often be characterised by complaint because they view themselves as the victim of their circumstances, and of others. Similarly, their own judgements, regarding the veracity of the word of God and the integrity of their brethren, will progressively inform and permeate their conversations. 1Ti 6:20-21.

It is the word of God, which is proclaimed by Christ’s messengers, that progressively polarises ‘the wheat’ and ‘the tares’ within a family or a congregation, until the nature of every individual’s choice in relation to the word becomes manifest.

Further Study:

1Jn 4:2-3
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

Heb 5:8
Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Mat 12:33-34
Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

2Co 4:13-14
And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.

1Ti 6:20-21
O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— by professing it, some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
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