Knowing the Doctrine of Christ and Guarding Against Antichrist Deceivers

Knowing the Doctrine of Christ and Guarding Against Antichrist Deceivers

2 John 7-10

What is an antichrist?

Two definitions:

A person who is opposed to Christ

A person who tries to put himself in the place of Christ

 

John mentions a specific heresy but there are others with which we need to be concerned about today. One of the oldest heresies which the church has needed to contend is Docetism. Docetism teaches that Christ did not really come in the flesh.  We are not going to spend a lot of time on Docetism, in particular, during this lesson but I do want to point out that it was condemned as heretical by the 1st Council at Nicaea.

I have said before, and need to repeat: it is not enough to simply believe in a Jesus, the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Adventists all believe in a Jesus but he isn’t the Jesus who can save from sin. Even scarier, most of what passes for Christianity does not even believe in the right Jesus- they believe in a Jesus who is a life coach or some kind of genie, not the Sovereign God of the Universe.  You must believe in the right Jesus and in the right manner if you are to have any hope of being saved from your sin.

Look at verse 9, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God.”

John could not make it more clear, if you do not abide in the doctrine Christ, you do not have God. As a direct consequence, if you do not have God, you do not have any hope of salvation from sin and its consequences.

Some of the most well-known “Bible teachers” today are teaching aberrations of the Doctrine of Christ. I promised to name names and here we go: Kenneth Copeland, Steven Furtick, Beth Moore, Andy Stanley, Priscilla Shirer, Joel Osteen, Jesse Duplantis, TD Jakes, Jen Hatmaker, Christine Caine, Kenneth Hagin and a host of others are NOT teaching the Biblical Gospel of Jesus. If you are trusting in what you are being taught by them for your Christian life, your soul is in real danger.

Before we get into the Doctrine of Christ, I want us to look at some signs of an antichrist and deceiver.

Signs of an Antichrist

  • He denies the apostolic teaching of Jesus as having coming in the flesh (1John 4:2, 2 John 7)
  • He is someone who has gone out from us i.e. he has deviated from orthodoxy (1 John 2:19) and leads many astray
  • His teaching makes it impossible to remain in God forever
  • They crept in unawares (Jude 4) which is to say that they look and even sound like Christians
  • Many are in it for riches (Jude 11)
  • They turn grace into license (Jude 4)
  • They will eventually be destroyed (Jude 5)

 

The Doctrine of Christ

I am going to layout a basic Christology in this lesson but I want you to know, the foundation of our Christology is the Doctrine of the Incarnation.

A Christology in brief

We believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead; that He was eternally one with the Father; that He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say the Godhead and manhood, are thus united in one Person very God and very man, the God-man.

We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that He truly arose from the dead and took again His body, together with all things appertaining to the perfection of man’s nature, wherewith He ascended into heaven and is there engaged in intercession for us.

(Matthew 1:20-25; 16:15-16; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-36; Romans 8:3, 32-34; Galatians 4:4-5; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:12-22; 1 Timothy 6:14-16; Hebrews 1:1-5; 7:22-28; 9:24-28; 1 John 1:1-3; 4:2-3, 15) 

THE Doctrine of the DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIS

  • The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare:
  • He was born of a Virgin (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31, Luke 1:35)
  • He lived a completely sinless life (Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22)  
  • His Christhood was attested by miracles (Acts 2:22, Acts 10:38)
  • His penal, substitutionary death on the cross providing a vicarious atonement (1 Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • Jesus had a literal physical body that was resurrected from the dead (Matthew 28:6, Luke 24:39, 1 Corinthians 15:4 )
  • Jesus has been exalted to the Right Hand of Majesty on High (Acts 1:9, Acts 1:11, Acts 2:33, Philippians 2:9-11, Hebrews 1:3)

 

This is critical…The Godhood of Jesus the Christ mandates Him being worshipped as both sovereign and absolute Lord.

Let’s conclude with the Ligonier Statement on Christology

We confess the mystery and wonder of God made flesh and rejoice in our great salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord. With the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Son created all things, sustains all things, and makes all things new.

Truly God, He became truly man, two natures in one person. He was born of the Virgin Mary and lived among us.

Crucified, dead, and buried, He rose on the third day, ascended to heaven, and will come again in glory and judgment.

For us, He kept the Law, atoned for sin, and satisfied God’s wrath. He took our filthy rags and gave us His righteous robe.

He is our Prophet, Priest, and King, building His church, interceding for us, and reigning over all things.

Jesus Christ is Lord; we praise His holy Name forever.

Amen.

 

 

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