Saved or Lost?
“Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”—1John 2:22-23 NASB
These verses are heavy for me. How many people in todays culture call themselves spiritual? How many of us know family and friends that have an eclectic stream of ideas from all over the place that just are not grounded in the Bible? In the hodgepodge of spiritual-movements that are out there, I know there are people that believe Jesus was born a man, and through His careful attention to the Law, “the Christ” was then able to possess Him, (for lack of a better way of putting it), so that He became the Christ when John baptized Him. Some may even go so far as to say that He became a God, which is the destiny of each one of us if we dare to follow in His footsteps.
This is not a new thought-process, the Gnostic's held to the same and similar concepts all the way back in the first and second centuries. The issue is these ideas are tempting. I mean, think about this, who doesn’t want to believe that they are not a bad person, that they are inherently good, that their soul is pure, but their flesh and all the material world is evil and that the material world is at fault for the way things are? Then someone barrows from Eastern philosophy and throws out there how all the pain and suffering are an illusion and once we shed these bodies, we will be as God intended us to be.
However, that is not what the Bible tells us. The Bible flat out says that that idea is of the antichrist. In 1 John 4:3, the Apostle tells us that any spirit that does not confess JESUS, is of the antichrist. Not the spirit of Christ in Jesus. But, Jesus. 2 John 7 tells us that many deceivers have gone out into the world, which are those that do not confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. Clearly, Jesus Christ being 100% flesh and God are important. If someone holds to something else, they are not right with the Spirit of God. Which means that they do not have Jesus covering their sins and they do not have the Father, either. In short, can they lay claim to salvation?
Well, these verses tell us that those who do not confess Jesus coming in the flesh as God are of the spirit of the antichrist. What does the Bible tell us? Jesus plainly says that if we are not with Him, we are against Him and if we do not gather with Him, we scatter (Luke 11:23 NASB). Thus, it stands to reason that if we are not on board with who Jesus is said to be throughout the Bible, then we are against Him by His own words.
In light of this, if we deny Jesus Christ, we are liars and of the antichrist spirit. If we say we believe in God but don’t believe Jesus was an actual physical person, as well as God, then we are just as lost as an atheist. The reason that these verses are so heavy for me is as a believer, who is going to a Christian College to become a minister, how many people have been lulled into a false sense of salvation? How many people call themselves saved but don’t read the Bible to know what it teaches? How many of us have fallen into the to each their own mentality as believers and are letting our brothers and sisters head toward Hell? There is only one way to Heaven, faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, who was 100% man and 100% God. Do you believe that?
Until Next Time