In the book of 1 John, there are three evidences of what the Christian life should look like. The Bible says that the true believer will…
- Live righteously
- Love his/her brother, and…
- Have a proper doctrine of Christ (Christology)
In the first two chapters of 1 John, the Apostle deals with all three.
- As for #1, 1 John 1:6-7 teaches the believer to walk not in darkness but in the light. This is a life of obeying and pleasing the Lord.
- As for #2, 1 John 2:9-11, the Bible says the one who hates his brother does not know the Lord.
- As for #3, we see this one displayed in our text today.
Proper Christology (doctrine of Christ) is essential for believers. As a reminder, there was a heresy called Docetism (Jesus appeared/seemed to be a man) that was starting at the time of John’s writing. This heresy denied the humanity of Jesus. This heresy, along with anything that would deny the humanity, divinity, or the person and work of Jesus is the spirit of Antichrist.
It appears that certain leaders in the church were teaching his heresy. John completely disassociates himself with this group, calling them liars. John teaches us that to deny the proper teaching about Jesus is also to deny our Heavenly Father.
As believers, we need to know who Jesus is…100% God and Man. Our Prophet, Priest, and King. Proper Christology is an evidence of knowing Jesus.