Thursday, February 19, 2009

Coming of Antichrist (1 John 2)

  • Read verse 18.  The coming of Antichrist is associated with the end of times.  John seems to indicate that already many "antichrists" have appeared on the screen.  What do you think John means by "antichrist"? (1 John 4:3; 2 John 1:7)
  • Read verse 19.  It appears that John is suggesting that the antichrists came out of the church.  How would this be possible?
  • What do you think it means to have an "annointing from the Holy One?"  If we see ourselves in this verse, how is the annointing we have been given connected to our ability to "know all truth"?
  • Why does John say that the man who denies Christ is a "liar"?  What do you think it means to "deny" Christ?
  • Read Matthew 10:33.  The word "disowns" is the same as the word "deny".   Does this shed any light on the meaning of "denying" Christ?  Skim through the passage preceeding this passage.  What is the context in which Matthew is talking about "disowning" Christ?
  • Read Matthew 26:70,72.  Knowing the story in which these verses appear, would you say Peter was "antichrist"?  Why or why not?
  • In every passage we've looked at, those who deny Christ have full knowledge of who He is.  What is a situation that might cause you to act in a way that contradicts your knowledge of who Jesus is?  Why do we so easily get embarrassed about Jesus?
  • What is a setting that you want to "ACKNOWLEDGE" Jesus this week?

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