Wednesday April 5
Bible Reading: 1 John 2: 24 - 29
Topic: The Truth You Know
If we start our reading from v. 18 which warns us about "the antichrist", we will better understand verses 24 - 29.
Who is the antichrist?
The antichrist may not become manifest yet, but the Scripture gives us clues about the present day antichrists.
Matthew 24: 24 calls them false "christs" and false prophets who show (not perform) great signs and wonders, if only to deceive the gullible Christians.
Paul in 2 Thess. 2: 2-12 describes them as men of lawlessness, who try to deceive believers by all means.
They may even be those who have 'believed' the Gospel (v. 19) but are now showing their true colour by denying the faith.
It is interesting that our text today addresses situations that exist today, whereby people adulterate the Gospel and perpetuate all forms of crime in the name of healing and preaching of Christ.
John recommends two things a Christian must follow to avoid the cunningness of these evil men. One is to be deeply rooted in the Word of God and secondly to have an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit.
The Word of God and the Spirit of God are your only hope for stability in a world filled with antichrists.
Father in Heaven, give me the Unction of Your Spirit to always know and follow the Truth, I pray in Jesus Name, Amen.
Memory verse: 1 John 2: 29
"If ye know that He is Righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him"
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)