1. Opponents of Truth
a) Jesus gives us everything we need by His Word and His Spirit.
b) False teachers deny Christ and His teaching.
2. Abiding in Christ
a) Abiding in Christ means abiding in His teaching.
b) Christians have no need for new teaching or human enlightenment.
Questions for further thought of discussion.
- How would you define “antichrist? In what way is the spirit of antichrist at work in the church today?
- What are some examples of teachings that seek to adapt or add to the simple message of Jesus?
- How can Christians become more secure in their understanding of the gospel and the foundational teachings of Jesus?
- What does “abiding in Christ” look like to you?
Lord, teach us to rejoice and remain faithful to the simple, beautiful truth and teachings of Jesus.
18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever 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 too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.
26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.
28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.