August 22nd, 2015
1 John 3:21—4:6
The early church dealt with many obstacles—one of which was the invasion of “antichrists” or those who preached lies. They insisted that Jesus was divine but never actually human. This implied that His suffering on the cross was not real, but that He only seemed to be suffering. This false doctrine called into question Jesus’ sincerity, and the believers knew they must stand firmly against this new dogma. “We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood” (1 John 4:6).
Today, new spiritual movements endlessly spring up offering “new” insights and bizarre interpretations of the Bible. Their messages often recycle ancient heresies long rejected by Christ’s church. The flippancy and disrespect with which God’s Word is being treated, even by some in the church, is appalling!
We must stay connected with our Savior daily if we are to know the truth in this ever-changing world. But don’t worry “because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Author: Mallory Sauer