1 John | Day Five
By: Callie Clayton
Do you remember the first time you were deceived? I don’t mean the time you were tricked into believing all your friends were busy on your birthday because they were hiding out in the back of a restaurant for your surprise birthday party! I’m talking about manipulative, disheartening, “but, I thought I could trust you,” deceit. It’s awful, isn’t it?
In his letter, John warns his audience of people whose aim was to deceive. And this is true for us today, as well. Especially as a follower of Christ, we have a very real enemy who wants to manipulate us only to harm us.
What does it mean to deceive?
How can you determine whether or not someone is trying to deceive you?
As you open your Bible to 1 John 2:18, pray and ask God to give you wisdom and discernment as you read His Word today.
Read verses 18-22. Who does John say is an antichrist and how many are there?
According to verse 20-21, does his audience know the truth about Jesus? If yes, how can you tell?
If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ and entered into a saving relationship with Him, then you too have the opportunity to know what is the truth.
Read 1 John 2: 23-25.
How is someone designated as a follower of Christ according to these verses?
What do we receive if we confess Jesus as the Son of God?
This is the gospel, the greatest news! If we confess Jesus as the Son of God, we have direct access to God the Father because a part of Him lives inside us! Then we are promised not only to have Him guide us while we’re on earth, but we will have eternal life with Him in heaven! So what is John’s purpose in reminding his readers about this truth? Check out 1 John 2:26-29.
In verse 27, why does John say followers of Jesus don’t need a teacher?
Does this mean you and I don’t need to be taught?
What does it mean to abide in God?
What is John’s final challenge of this chapter?
You and I must be confident that if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we have received a Helper—the Holy Spirit—living inside us, speaking to us and guiding us. We can discern what is right and wrong, we can understand Scripture, and follow after God without a person directing us the whole time. We are privileged to learn from other men and women of faith to help us grow deeper in our understanding of God, but we cannot rely on them alone, and we certainly must make sure they are teaching God’s Word fully and truthfully.
Stay closely connected with your Creator and Savior, talk to Him often, check with His Word before trusting the opinion of someone else. That’s what it looks like to abide in Him. If you do this, you will know who is walking with God and whether someone is leading you closer to Him, or further away.