John wrote that we have an “anointing” in the book of 1 John. What does this mean? How does it impact our daily life? Join us as Robert explains this important concept. (Part 1 of 2)

ROBERT >> Today on The Truth In Love we want to continue to look at Jesus the holy one. Already we’ve learned that he is the one born of God, he is the one feared by demons, he is the one denied by the people, and the one not left in the tomb. But this week we want to see that Jesus the holy one is the one who has anointed us. Stay tuned. We’ll be back in just a moment.

>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Our lesson today comes from 1 John chapter 2. Let me encourage you to look with me here this morning.

John is concerned about our relationship with God. And in verses 18 through 27 of the 2nd chapter he tells us that it is the last hour. He says that many antichrists have come, but he says we have an anointing.

What does all this mean, and how does this affect my relationship with Jesus? Let’s notice some of these things together today.

First of all, I want you to notice that it is the last hour. In the Old Testament, we have many prophecies concerning the last days, or the latter days, as it’s sometimes translated; but they all point to Christ’s first coming, when he came to bring salvation and to establish his church. For example, in Isaiah the 2nd chapter we read about these last days. Look back there with me in Isaiah chapter 2, and I want to look at it briefly with you for just a moment. Here Isaiah is looking into the future when the Messiah would come, and he says, The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

You see in this passage here in Isaiah chapter 2 that Isaiah looked ahead, and he saw when God’s house would be established upon the mountain there in Jerusalem. All nations would come and hear the word of the Lord.

But then notice with me also Daniel chapter 2, because Daniel also looks to this time in history. In Daniel the 2nd chapter he spoke of various kingdoms: The kingdom of Babylon that then stood and how it would fall to the Medo-Persian kingdom, and then how that kingdom would fall to the Grecian kingdom; but then there would be a fourth kingdom, which we know was the Roman kingdom that would come into power. And he tells us something about what would happen during the days of those kings. In Daniel chapter 2, you’ll notice here in verse 44, And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

And so we see here that the everlasting kingdom, Christ’s church that Isaiah spoke of, that now Daniel speaks of, would come in these last days, during the days of the Roman empire. Joel also speaks of this.

Look in Joel chapter 2. The Bible tells us here that there would also be a great event on this day regarding the Holy Spirit. In Joel 2:28, Joel says, And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You’ll notice here in this prophecy in Joel that there would be a pouring out of the Holy Spirit, that there would be many signs and wonders, there would be a very powerful event that would take place, and it would be a day of salvation for those who call upon the name of the Lord.

Now, we know from Acts the 2nd chapter that all of these things indeed came to pass. In Acts chapter 2 we’ll see that the people of God were in Jerusalem. The Jews from all over the world had come together for the great feast of Pentecost. And the word of the Lord was about to go forth. This was in the latter days. This was in the days of the Roman kings. Notice what it says in Acts 2:16-17 as Peter tries to explain what all of this is about. Here he says, But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh. And he goes on to quote Joel chapter 2 that we just read a few moments ago.

And so we learn that the last days, these latter days, they began here in Acts chapter 2 with the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. It was on this occasion that the gospel was preached. And some three thousand souls were obedient in baptism, and God added them to his church. It was the beginning of Christ’s kingdom here upon this earth, the church of Christ that you read about in your Bible.

The last days, these latter days, this is the last hour that we read about in 1 John chapter 2 as we study today the anointing. Notice what it says here in 1 John chapter 2 beginning in verse 18. Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.

You see, the last hour is not that last moment at the very end of the world; but it’s this last period of history that began in Acts the 2nd chapter about 2,000 years ago. And it will continue on until Christ comes again at the end of the world.

2 Peter 3:10, we learn that the day of the Lord is coming. It’s going to come as a thief in the night. You see, this last period or this last hour, it’s been going on for about 2,000 years now, and no one knows but the Father just how long it’s going to be until our Lord comes again.

I’m going to read to you from Matthew 24:36, where Jesus speaks about this last time. Here it says, But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. Now, John tells us that many antichrists have come.

I want you to take a look at this here in 1 John chapter 2 and notice that already in the first-century church there were those who were anti-Christ. They were against Christ. In fact, the Bible uses the term only five times, the term antichrist. We just read here in 1 John 2:18.

Notice 1 John 2:22. Here it says, Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Yes, you see that the antichrists were already there, they were among God’s people, and they were against Christ.

In chapter 4 and verse 3 it says, And every Spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

One other passage in 2 John 7, the only other passage that we read about the antichrist. Here it says, For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

So we see according to all these passages that there were many antichrists, not just one. They lived in John’s day, not just at the end of the world.

They were anti-Christ, literally, against Christ. They denied Jesus Christ. They denied the Father. They denied Jesus Christ came in the flesh.

You’ll notice these passages never mention a world ruler who rises up against God and his people to bring the great tribulation before Jesus comes at the end of the world. When you read about the antichrist, and it’s only found here in the letters of John, there’s nothing like that. The antichrist is not one individual who will rise just before the Lord comes again at the end of the world. According to John, there are many antichrists, and they’ve been around for a long time.

Notice some other things about these antichrists. Going back to 1 John chapter 2, again look at verses 18 and 19. Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. They went out from us, John said.

Do you see what John is telling us? Antichrists go to church. They are in our churches today. They’re not true Christians, but they act like they are. And he says we might never realize it until they leave us.

Notice something else about these antichrists that may even be among us. Look at verse 22 and verse 23. Here it says, Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is an antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

They deny that Jesus is the Christ. The Christ was the savior that had been prophesied in the Old Testament. He was the one who was to suffer and to die for the sins of the world, to be raised again to rule as king in his kingdom. But the antichrists were saying that Christ did not come in the flesh.

Look at it again in 1 John 4:3. Here’s what he said: Every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.

Look at 2 John 7 once again. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

So we need to be warned about those who would say that Christ didn’t come in the flesh. If Christ didn’t come in the flesh, he could not be our savior. Only the offering of a perfect one could pay for our sins.

I could not pay for yours, and you could not pay for mine, because we all have our own sins. And that’s why the Son of God became one of us.

John chapter 1 describes this for us. In the beginning of John’s gospel, he talks about the Word, that one who is the very express image of God. And he says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And then he tells us in verse 14 that, The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. So you see here how the Son of God steps out of heaven, and he takes on flesh.

And having lived in the flesh without sin, according to Hebrews 4:15, he offered himself on the cross for the sins of the whole world.

Look what Peter says in 1 Peter 2:21-24. Peter reminds us of who Jesus is and what he has done, and he really is alluding to an Old Testament passage from Isaiah chapter 53:4-6 to show that what Isaiah spoke of concerning this one who would come and suffer for our sins was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Here’s what he says in 1 Peter 2, notice in verse 21: For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.

Isaiah long ago had said that he would be wounded for our transgressions, that the chastisement of our peace would be upon him, that by his stripes we would be healed.

Jesus was the Christ who came in the flesh, who suffered and died to pay the price for our sins. He himself bore our sins in his own body upon the tree.

Notice something else about these antichrists of 1 John chapter 2. In verse 26 it tells us how they try to deceive us. Here it says, These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. These deniers of the faith are doing everything they can even today to lead us astray. Oh, they may say that Jesus was a good man, or they might say he was a prophet, or some might even say he was a high angel; but he’s not the Christ, they would say, the Son of God, the savior and the Lord alive for evermore like the scriptures proclaim. No, they tell us that Jesus Christ was not born of a virgin, he was not tempted, he did not suffer and die in the flesh, he was not raised from the dead. They say all that didn’t really happen.

These are the antichrists.

But now here’s the good news, because John wants us to know better than that. He wants us to understand these liars, these deceivers, they’re not telling the truth. And so he reminds us that we have an anointing.

Priests and kings and prophets, they were all anointed with oil. You can read about them throughout the Old Testament scriptures. He was indicating that they were chosen by God. They were anointed, thus showing that this was the one that God had chosen. And so the anointing oil speaks of one who is chosen by God.

Jesus was anointed. He was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power. Do you remember his baptism? Read it with me in Matthew the 3rd chapter. When he began his ministry, he would first go to John the baptizer, and he would be baptized at the hands of John. And look what happened on that occasion.

In Matthew 3:16 it says, When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

In this wonderful way God showed this was my chosen one, my son in whom I am well pleased. Look at Luke 4:18, where Jesus goes to the city of Nazareth as he begins his ministry and wants them to understand that he is that anointed one chosen by God.

In Luke chapter 4, he’s in the synagogue here in Nazareth on the Sabbath day, and he’s speaking to them from the scriptures, and he takes the prophet Isaiah, and he turns in the scroll, and this is what he reads: The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has appointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

You see, Isaiah had prophesied that the Spirit would come upon the Messiah and enable him to preach, enable him to do great and powerful things; and it was with this Holy Spirit and with this power that Jesus was anointed at the beginning of his ministry.

And in verse 20 of that same chapter in Luke 4, he closed the book and gave it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. Jesus said I am that chosen one, that anointed one.

In Acts 4:27, we have reference to this again. This time Peter and John had been arrested, and they come back to the church now, having been warned not to preach in the name of Jesus anymore. And they pray together with God’s people, and in their prayer they quote from Psalm the 2nd chapter, which also spoke of the coming of the anointed one. And this is what it says here in Acts 4:27: For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

Yes, Jesus Christ was put to death by the hands of these lawless ones; but this was the one whom Christ had anointed that Psalm 2 had spoken about.

Look in Acts 10:38, where the apostle Peter also talks about this anointing of Jesus Christ. Here he says, How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

There’s one other passage I want you to notice on this, Hebrews 1:9. The Hebrew writer is showing the superiority of Jesus over the angels. He shows him to be the express image of God in Hebrews 1:3. He shows him to be God, that is, of the very same essence and nature. He is deity, he is the eternal one. And this one has been anointed.

In Hebrews 1:9, as he quotes from the Old Testament scriptures he says, You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

Jesus Christ is that chosen one, that anointed one who can save your souls. But John tells us that we, too, have an anointing.

I hope that you’ll join us next week as we continue to look at this and see, what does that mean to us? In the meantime, I want to encourage you to put your faith in Jesus as the Christ. He did come in the flesh, he did suffer, and he did die for you. Your sins have been paid for. But he was not left in the tomb. He was raised from the dead the third day to give us the assurance and the hope of eternal life. That can be yours today. With humble faith, confess him. Confess him as the Christ, the Son of God. And be baptized, be immersed in the waters of baptism for the remission of your sins. If you make that decision today to turn away from sin, to put your faith in Jesus, to give yourself to him in baptism, you, too, can be saved, and you can have what we have, an anointing from the Lord.

>> Unto the hills around do I lift up my longing eyes.
Oh whence for me shall my salvation come, from whence arise?
From God the Lord doth come my certain aid, from God the Lord, whom heaven and earth hath made.

From every evil shall he keep thy soul, from every sin.
Jehovah shall preserve thy going out, thy coming in.
Above thee watching, he whom we adore shall keep thee henceforth, yea, for evermore.

>> All to Jesus I surrender, all to him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live.

I surrender all, I surrender all.
All to thee, my blessed savior, I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender.
Lord, I give myself to thee.
Fill me with thy love and power, let thy blessing fall on me.

I surrender all, I surrender all.

All to thee, my blessed savior, I surrender all.

ROBERT >> Thanks for watching the program today. We would love to hear from you. Let me encourage you to contact us with your questions, comments, or requests at The Truth In Love, P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053. You may e-mail us at requests@ttil.tv, or call our toll-free number, 800-819-2966. And also, please visit our web site at www.ttil.tv.

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>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so, showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.

Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long, sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.

Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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