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1 John 2:22 says, “Who is the liar, but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ. This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son vs 23 whoever, denies the Son does not have the Father, the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. vs 24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning, if what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
The above verses tell us how to overcome the Spirit of the antichrist. If we don’t acknowledge that Jesus, the Word of God, is the Christ or ‘the Anointed One’ we are denying the Father who sent the Word as well. To deny the Son is the same as denying God’s Word, because Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. John 1:14. The latter part of vs 23 says that …’if we confess the Son, we have the Father as well.” Therefore, to the extent that we dilute and fail to tremble at every Word of God, we allow a little of the spirit of the antichrist to get a hold of us. Very often, because of our inability to obey God’s commands, we make excuses and justify our disobedience. This brings about a subtle invasion of the spirit of the antichrist in our lives. 2 Thessalonians 2:10 tells us that those who perish and fall prey to the schemes of the antichrist are those who do not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved vs 11,’it is for this reason that God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false..’
In every circumstance of our lives, we must, therefore, seek God’s grace to love the truth about our true condition in the light of God’s Word. If we are walking in disobedience in some area of our lives, we must be ruthlessly honest about this and seek God and the people concerned for forgiveness, even if the other party may have wronged us too. Only as we humble ourselves in this way shall we be preserved from the spirit of the antichrist gaining a foothold in our lives. Further, 1 John 2:24 tells us that if that which we have heard from the beginning abides in us, we will abide in the Son and the Father and thus we will not be overcome by the spirit of the antichrist. What then are the commands that we have heard from the beginning?
One of the commands that we have heard from the beginning is that in order for a man to cleave to his wife, he has to leave his father and mother. This does not imply that he should not look after them materially, financially and physically. It only means that the decisions that he now takes concerning his home should be done taking into consideration his wife’s suggestions, primarily, and not his parents. In the beginning, God also told Adam, not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for if he did so, he would surely die. This implies that when we make decisions based on our emotions viz. how things seem to us or how we feel about a matter, without taking into consideration what God’s word says and if we do not seek His grace to obey His Word but instead act according to our feelings, then we are bound to partake of the spirit of the antichrist and ultimately be thrown out of paradise.
In our relationship as husband and wife, if we choose not to follow these simple commands that God has given us right from the beginning viz. cleaving to our wives and not eating from the tree that tells us what is right or wrong but rather making decisions based on how life can be brought into the situations in our home, we will end up with homes that are messed up and where we will only be blaming someone or the other for our disobedience just like Adam and Eve did.
The first command that God gave after the fall of man was to Cain and it was given in relation to his dealings with his brother. This command gives us light in relation to our relationships with one another in the Church or even with outsiders. The question that God puts to Cain was, ‘Why has your face fallen?’ He further informs Cain, that if Cain did well, His face would be lifted up, but if he did not do well then sin was crouching at the door of his heart and its desire was for him, but that it was God’s desire for Cain to master sin. Genesis 4:6,7. If we walk in the light of this Word then we must confess that if our face is fallen at any point of time in our relationship with any one, then we must not blame others for this. For according to this verse, the only condition for our face to be lifted up is that ‘we should do well’. God was trying to give Cain the good news, viz.,(paraphrasing God’s Words) ‘Your face need not fall, no matter how others treat you, but this can happen only if you do well.’ Thus, it is only our wrong reaction to how people treat us that can make our face to fall or perhaps we may be doing wrong to them unnecessarily and this makes our face to fall as well. Once we rectify our wrong attitude or wrong behavior towards our brother or sister, by humbling ourselves and receiving God’s grace, then we can obey God’s command and master sin.
Thus, in all relationships, if by the Holy Spirit’s power, we put to death the deeds of our body, we can partake of the tree of life and overcome the spirit of the antichrist and make ourselves ready for Christ’s return. God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Psalm 119:105. Psalm 119 shows us how precious God’s law, commands, testimonies, statutes, ordinances, promises and Word was to David. Obedience to God’s Word was what led him from being a shepherd boy to becoming a King and through whose lineage Jesus was born. Beloved, if we likewise choose to tremble at God’s Word, no matter what it costs us, God promises to use us to build his true Church. Isaiah66:1&2. For young people who are aspiring to be part of this great work, seek with God’s grace to honor your father and mother in the Lord and you will find it going well with you. Let’s endeavor to ‘Trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding, Acknowledge Him in all our ways and He will make our paths straight.’ Proverbs 3:5&6.
He who has an ear, let Him hear what the Spirit is saying to us.