Authentic Christianity (8): Sermons on the New Testament letter of 1 John.
Reading: 1 John 2:18-27
The Apostle John speaks of both the antichrist & antichrists in his letter. The word antichrist basically means opposed to, rival to or counterfeit to Christ. One Study Bible (NIV ZSB) comments; “The coming of an antichrist figure was part of early Christian teaching. It distinguished between the great antichrist figure that would appear near the end of the age & lesser antichrist figures whose influence was already being felt.” John's concern here is the present effect of "many antichrists" on believers. Therefore he identifies 3 characteristics of antichrists & points believers to two safeguards to ensure they abide in the true Christ.
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