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How To Spot A Real Imposter (8 of 22)
Series: What's Real and What's Not (I John)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
I John 2:18-23; 36
INTRO: SERIES: What's Real and What's Not!
(A) John ... the disciple that bridged the gap from the ministry of Jesus to the 1st Century Church.....He was at Calvary (entrusted with Jesus' Mother)..... saw Jesus after Jesus was resurrected.....the birth of the church at Pentecost..... every book of God's Word in the NT written (OT already around).
1- If that weren't enough.....he ended up exiled to the Isle of Patmos (by Domitian).....where God revealed the future to Him: The Coming of the Antichrist to the Second Coming of Jesus to Heaven, itself.
2- Who is better qualified to tell us What's Real and What's Not!.....I John is the manual on how to survive in this world system while we await our future home!
3- One thing John wants us to understand.....there will be imposters.....those who appear to be Christians.... but they aren't!
.....Jesus tells us - "How To Spot A Real Imposter"
(B) Have you ever seen a counterfeit bill?.....Raise hand!
1- I can guarantee you that it was not a $7.00 bill or a $3.00 bill.....Anyone seen one of those?
2- Do you know why?.....Because there is not such a thing as a real $7.00 or $3.00 bill!
* Of those who have seen a counterfeit bill...what was it? A $20.00 bill - A $100.00 bill?
3- Why?.....Because a $20.00 or $100.00 bill is the real thing!
* Those are the bills that will be counterfeited - the existence of a $20.00 counterfeit proves that the real thing exists.
* You need to know how to spot these counterfeits..... not the real thing.
(C) John.....saying, "There are counterfeits - imposters ....in the church.".....That proves that the real things exists!.....Real Christians!
1- But also you need to know how to spot them.
2- John calls these counterfeits "Antichrists" ... and tells us the 5 common characteristics shared by the imposters:
* Pay car ...
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