2012-08-01 - Whose Child Are You?
The Epistles of John ~ Part 51 ~ 1 John 8
John didn't want the believers to be misled by persuasive false teachings. The false prophets claimed to speak for God. They claimed knowledge and relationship. "But wait," says John, "their lives don't confirm their statements." Their message of self-fulfillment and self-centeredness is contrary to the truth of God's word. This is sin. This is evil.
Individuals who practice evil are not of God. They are of Satan. As Jesus said to those who rejected God's truth during His ministry:
"You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).
Anyone who claims to speak for Christ, as the false prophets did, and teaches falsely, is of the spirit of antichrist. They ignore the fact Christ came to overthrow the work of satan. John wants to make sure these believers understand what is actually at stake when they listen to the honeyed words of the devil's children.
Again, John reminds us the difference between the righteous and unrighteous is whether one is a slave to sin or righteousness. The fruit of the believers' life testifies to whom they serve. The behavior of the false prophets was the evidence that they carrying out the work of Satan.
To be continued.