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Am I Believing the Truth About Jesus? (5 of 12)
1 John 2:18-27
Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son (v. 22).
In 1 John, the apostle John gives us three tests to help us determine whether or not we are authentic Christians (i.e., someone who has eternal life). The first test is the moral test: ''Do I obey God?'' The second test is the social test: ''Do I love others?'' The third test is the doctrinal test: ''Do I believe the truth about Jesus?''
[Read 1 John 2:18-27.]
THE IMPORTANCE OF CORRECT BELIEF
Have you tried this spring to rid your lawn of dandelions?
My dad is not someone who is willing to accept weeds on his lawn. One spring, he decided to spray his lawn with weed killer. A few days later, he noticed brown spots all over his lawn. He told me about this, and I immediately knew what had happened. What my dad believed was weed killer was actually grass killer.
Having an incorrect belief about a bottle of grass killer was harmful to my dad's lawn. What about what we believe about Jesus? How important is believing the truth about Jesus? Nothing is more important. Why?
We can't have ETERNAL LIFE if we don't believe the truth about Jesus.
There was a group of people who left John's church over a disagreement on the doctrine of Christ. John writes that these people ''denie[d] that Jesus is the Christ'' (v. 22). Since they didn't believe the truth about Jesus, they were not authentic Christians. ''They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us'' (v. 19).
Their denial of the truth about Jesus meant that they lacked a relationship with God. They ''denie[d] the Father and the Son'' (v. 22). If you deny (i.e., reject) Jesus, you also deny the Father. ''No one who den ...
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