Updated: Jul 7, 2020
“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world” (1 John 4:2-3 NIV).
What were your favorite classes in school? For me they were science classes and math classes. Sorry, I was a bit of a geek, or as we called them in our days an egghead. The math I liked, because there was one right answer. 2+2 always equals 4. No matter how you do the math it still has to equal 4. Science I liked, because it was exploring all sorts of possibilities and opening my mind to the world God created. It too, has its absolutes like the laws of physics, for example—which I might add, God wrote those laws too. These were great for me to learn from. I did not like those classes that had more gray answers than absolutes.
Here we have God’s litmus test, so to speak, in science terms to absolutely prove what is and what is not from God. It says, “Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God.” Hard to argue with that. It however goes further, to give us the test for the negative as well in saying, “but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.” So, everyone who does not proclaim Jesus the Messiah has come in the flesh cannot be from God and everyone who does proclaim and speak in words, action, and life that Jesus the Messiah has come in the flesh is from God and is true.
What I have written above is the main point in this passage, however we have become fixated on the word antichrist. Even to the point of putting it in places in the Bible that it does not appear. Yes, we need to understand that evil is in this world. But let’s not give it more than it has taken. All the uses of the word antichrist here in John’s letters refer to the rejection of Jesus as the Christ or Messiah. In addition, due to all of the modern era hype one might presume a lot of antichrist text to appear in the Bible, but in fact it is only used five times in Johns letters, and every time to warn only about false teachings.
Again, let’s make this about Jesus and not any other fella. All that proclaim that Jesus Christ (Messiah) has come in the flesh is from God and any others that don’t, well turn the channel or walk (run) away from them.
Jesus Christ, God with us!
So, are you proclaiming the Messiah’s coming in the flesh? Who are you listening to or following on social media that you probably should not be?