1st John Devotional - Week 3, Day 2

Day 2: “Check Your Alignment” – by Paul Bodine (Men’s Small Group Leader)

Read: 1 John 2:18-19

Review: John tells his readers that "it is the last hour”, yet 2000 years have passed since he wrote those words. We can't say for sure how he meant those words to be understood but we do know, from the text, that it was related to the appearance of the Antichrist.  But then he tells us that even then, many antichrists had come and that is how they knew it was the last hour.  But the antichrists did not remain in fellowship with the believers but "they went out from us, but they did not belong to us".
This makes me think of the parable of the wheat and the tares. (Mt. 13:23-30, 36-43) Not everyone who says they are a follower of Christ is in fact truly abiding in Him. Listen to teachers carefully. Do they align to what you have been hearing “from the beginning”?

Reflect: How would I live differently if I truly believed that it is the last hour?  How could this perspective help keep me from be deceived by the spirit of Antichrist?

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