Today, in 1 John 2, we are talking about the antichrist. Wait, what? Yep. That’s what John writes about in this passage. But it may not be exactly the way that you expect. Listen to what he says in 1 John 2: 18-28:
18 Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to 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. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. 22 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. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.
26 I write these things to you concerning those who would deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and so you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, abide in him.
28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he is revealed we may have confidence and not be put to shame before him at his coming.
We see John tell us about the antichrist, but it is different than what we may have expected. Yes, he talks of “the antichrist” but he doesn’t delve into who he may be or issues such as that. But he draws us into the question of truth.
What is truth? Jesus Christ, He is the way, the truth, and the life. Truth is not a concept, but it is a person. And that person is Jesus Christ.
When I look at Scripture, I ty to look at things from the 30,000-foot view. I try to see the big picture of what is being taught. And what John is trying to teach us today is this. We choose each day, to follow truth; to follow Jesus, or reject Him.
We choose to love, to give, to serve, to be faithful. Each day of our lives, we choose. Those that follow Him, they are walking in the way of truth and life.
And those that choose to reject, they are walking in the way that leads to destruction.
Instead of worrying about who the antichrist is or may be, or looking at how others are following in a way that is evil, our great challenge, our great call is this.
How am I walking in a way leads to life? How am I following truth? How am I following life?
I have no control over “them” whoever they may be.
But I have control over myself and if I choose to follow truth. Today, remember, truth is a person. And that person is Jesus. May we follow.