2 “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” (I John 4:2-3)
Biblical Christianity is just that: it is biblical. It is rooted and grounded in the inerrant and inspired Word of God. This is the believer’s only standard for faith and truth. Everything, and I mean everything, which the believer encounters in life and living must be evaluated by the Scriptures.
Biblical Christianity is also historical. The Gospel is rooted and grounded not only in the truth that God Exists, Sin and Salvation Exists, but also that only one Savior Exists and that Savior is Jesus Christ. Jesus entered into this world’s history, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary death and bodily rose from the grave. Any attempt by anyone, or any church, to downplay or eliminate the historical facts of Jesus Christ’s person and work is clearly not of God.
The Apostle John sets forth a clear litmus test to discern between false teaching which is not from God and truth which is from God. The apostle writes, “2 “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.” Verse two places the Jesus question in the positive while the first part of vs. 3 places it in the negative. However, both verses say the same thing.
Commentator Daniel Akin writes, “Once again John makes it plain that Christianity is rooted and grounded in the Christological question: ‘What do you believe about Jesus?’ If He is just another enlightened religious teacher, He is permitted and tolerated as one opinion, one option, among many. If, however, He is the very incarnation of God, then the gospel and only the gospel is true and He is the only viable option for salvation amid the multitude of imposters.”
The Apostle John then adds this statement in the latter part of vs. 3: “This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.” This statement regarding the spirit of the antichrist parallels what John has previously stated in I John 2:18-27.
Remember, the spirit of antichrist is the perspective that Jesus Christ was not virgin born, that He did not live a sinless life, that He did not die a substitutionary death on the cross on behalf of sinners, that He was not buried, that He did not rise from the dead, that He did not ascend to heaven and that He is not coming back in power, might and glory.
Consider this question: “Is your Jesus the real and biblical Jesus?”
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!