Devotion for Sunday, March 11

Brooke Eikenberry Lent 2012

Sunday, March 11

1 John 2:18-22

Warning Against Antichrists

Most Christians are aware of the characteristics that deem one an “Antichrist” (an individual who denies the Father and Son, blatantly denying the greatness of the Holy Spirit and tainting the beliefs of others with their doubtfulness); however, where most may face an uncertainty is why it is so important to be aware of the poisonous abilities of Antichrists. So, why must we as followers of Jesus be warned about Antichrists? As John argues in his first letter, the lack of loyalty among Antichrists is one of the main reasons that such disbelievers are to be avoided: “they went out from us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us.” Thus, one can interpret from John’s passage that the Antichrists are ultimately people with little concern for a greater good, and have a tendency to steer off of the path of a common faith and persuade others that their way is best, even if such is not the case. In other words, it is the influence that Antichrists have upon all people that makes them so dangerous to the stability of the Christian faith, and why John feels that the disciples of Jesus are to be warned of their potent capabilities.

John’s warning of the Antichrists seems to have great relevance in the modern world, as well. Today, people such as nonbelievers and atheists who declare the nonexistence of a greater being surround us. While John does not explicitly suggest how we as faithful Christians are supposed to reject (or even diminish) their beliefs and protests, his message is one that should be both easily interpreted and applicable to our daily routines; remain faithful to God, and he will remain faithful to you. As John himself wrote, “But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge.” In closure, let us continue to be aware of the purity and awesome powers of our faith and remember that loyalty to God is the most pivotal and crucial of all commitments towards becoming an honest and noble disciple of Jesus Christ.

-Submitted by Taylor Lewis

GPS Question:

While the author of 1 John does discern those who are (or are under the influence of) the Antichrist (read M. Scott Peck’s “People of the Lie”), he stops short of condemning them. Rather, the focus is upon those who know the truth and will not be swayed by the lie. Who are those within your sphere of influence whose lives might be swayed by your refusal to be swayed by them?

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