The apostle John in this first
of his three epistles makes it quite clear
that if a person does not believe in Jesus Christ,
that He is indeed the Son of God,
then he or she does not have the Father either.
He also taught us that we are
not to believe every spirit that comes along
but to try the spirits to see whether or not they are of God.
This we are to do in order that we may know
from the Word of God how to discern the difference between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
John also warned us that the
antichrist is soon coming
but meanwhile we had better know that the spirit of antichrist is presently at work in his children,
the children of the devil (1 John 3:10).
What does it mean to believe
that Jesus is the Christ,
the Anointed One of God?
We have already seen that just
saying the words
"Jesus is the Christ"
does not really mean that a person truly believes, i.e. that he KNOWS in his HEART,
without a shadow of a doubt,
that Jesus is the Messiah born of the virgin Mary.
In fact, haven't we already read
from the words of Jesus Himself
that MANY shall come in His name saying
He is the Christ and shall deceive MANY.
Matthew 24:5 "For many shall
come in my name,
saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
You see, though many claim to
"believe" in Jesus,
they do not know His Word nor do they keep His commandments,
which they think means just the 10 Commandments.
For example, most Christians
have never followed the direct command of Jesus Christ in Mat. 24:32:
"Now learn a parable of the fig tree!"
Nor do they follow the commandment
He gave us through John in the first verse of the last chapter whereby we are commanded to
"try the spirits"
to see whether or not they of God.
Consequently, because of their disobedience to His Word,
they follow in blind ignorance after the traditions of men
that have been allowed to slip in unawares (untested) into the churches of Christianity.
Many of those "traditions of
men" are quite contrary to the Word of God,
yet those precepts are all that many know about the love of God.
Yes, they love the Lord but their
hearts, i.e. their minds,
are far from Him because they are far from knowing His Word.
Therefore they receive not the
spirit of tried and tested truth
but the spirit of error and confusion ("babel" in Hebrew).
In fact, in Matthew 15 Jesus quoted these words from the 29th chapter of Isaiah:
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth,
and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
 But in vain they do worship me,
teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
The truth of the matter is,
if they truly believed in their hearts
that Jesus is the Christ then they would hunger and go to Him each day
for that "daily bread" which gives life
and they would earnestly seek to do His will and keep His commands.
So as John said in the first
if you truly love God,
who gave His only begotten Son,
then you must also love the Son and BELIEVE that He is the Christ.
This is a major point in the
epistles of John:
If you do not have the Son then you do not have the Father either.
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