A Short Study of 1st John 2:22

“Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” 
(1st John 2:22)

Men are blinded by the great Deceiver into looking for some unmistakable figure to come into this world and be “the antichrist.” But even in John’s day he said there were “many antichrists.” Furthermore, he says all who deny the Father and the Son are antichrist! To deny the Father and the Son is to deny who and what THEY say they are! All who deny Christ to be what He has declared Himself to be are antichrist, against Christ. “He that is not with me is against me….” (Matthew 12:30) There are a number of areas in which men deny Christ. First, they deny who He is in His glorious Person. They deny that He is God manifest in the flesh. They refuse to believe that the Child born is the Son given, the mighty God, Emmanuel. Secondly, they deny His glorious perfection as a sinless man. They think He was a man born of sinful man rather than what God says He is, “holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners.” That He offered up Himself as the spotless Lamb of God. They know Him not as the One who “knew no sin.” Thirdly, they deny what He says about who He came to die for. He said, “I lay down my life, I give my life, for the sheep.” They say, “Christ died for all men.” They deny the fact that He purchased “the church with his own blood” and that He came to save “his people from their sins.” Men refuse to believe that He “loved the church and gave himself for IT.” But one of the areas in which Christ is most denied and therefore the purpose of God the Father denied, is in His success and accomplishments. To believe and say that Christ did much but now the rest is left up to you is to deny Him. It to attribute to Him far less that what He actually accomplished. He saved His people from their sins. He obtained eternal redemption for His elect. He put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. He redeemed them from the curse of the law, made peace by the blood of His cross and saved them. A generic jesus will not do! Just any Christ is antichrist and only the true Christ is the Savior. Paul warned us of believing on “another jesus.” Just any christ is antichrist and there are many!

G. Shepard

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