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No Lie is of God!

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.”—1 John 2:20-21 NASB
     The way John presents this statement makes me wish that I had an Apostle saying, “You have an anointing from the Holy One and you all know!” I mean, imagine being in the group that this epistle was specifically written to and reading this aloud with the fellow members that made up that first century assembly of believers!! How powerful!! While this was clearly written to that specific community of believers (and I would urge anyone reading 1 John to guard against taking verse 20 as a life verse), we can still know the truth and what it means to be able to see who is of God, and who is of the antichrist! But, how?
     Well, what is John saying to the specific audience that he is writing to? They have an anointing and they know the truth! First thing that I want to know, wh…

Anti-Christ(s) and False Teachers

“Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.” 1 John 2:18-19 NASB
     Years ago, pre-Christian me would hear about the Anti-Christ and laugh. He sounded like a video game boss to be beaten in a climatic showdown. Beat the Anti-Christ and go on to face off with the False Prophet and then the Devil himself. There might even be a market for that come to think of it. However, it never occurred to me that the antichrist was not necessarily a singular person wielding evil like a superpower. Rather, the antichrist could also be the spirit or nature of those who come against Jesus Christ. It is easy to focus solely on the individual that Revelation conjures in our minds, but it is dif…

Endings

“The world is passing away and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”—1 John 2:17 NASB
     Thoughts of the world passing can be somewhat terrifying. In my mind it conjures images of an asteroid hurdling towards earth about to send all of us the way of the dinosaurs. Put yourself in that moment for a second. Suddenly there is a breaking news interruption, all broadcasts are paused to inform the general public that in an hour a chunk of rock the size of Texas will be making a bullseye impact on our sorely divided world. In the blink of an eye, all the stuff that seems so important would no longer matter. The only thing that would matter to me in that moment would be being with the people that I care about and knowing that I’d see them again in just a few.
     I used to struggle with the idea of the world passing away. In the last year, that has changed for me, though. Actually, back in the beginning of August, I sent messages to a few folks I hold dear a…

Of Lust and Pride

“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” 1 John 2:16
     It sucks when the Bible calls you out on your crap. I have had seasons in my life where I sought out my worth from what the world says and what the culture dictates as relevant, as good, and as awesome. I have succumbed to the lusts of my flesh, the lust of my eyes and the boastful pride of life in those seasons. In fact, case in point, I got nominated for a spot in Augusta, Georgia’s local music scene for favorite drummer and the band that I was in got nominated for favorite new local band. Talk about playing into the boastful pride of life. But, there was really not much to be proud of in me during that period of my life! I wasn’t even that great of a drummer!
     There was also the season where I struggled with lust. I struggled with porn, I struggled with taking a second and third look at an attractive woma…