“I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” – 1 John 2:26-27
Check out last week’s sermon here.
“You can’t handle the truth!”
Jack Nicholson’s famous line from A Few Good Men completely falls short of what our world is begging for today—the truth. You might rather say, “Who cares if I can’t handle the truth; I just want to know what is true!”
A 2016 Pew Research and Elon University study of media and technology experts found that respondents were nearly split down the middle (51% to 49%), completely divided in predicting whether or not the future would see an improvement in the spread of true information. Frank Kaufman, one of the more optimistic experts said, “The quality of news will improve, because things always improve.”
Don’t tell that to my Facebook feed, Frank.
How do you remain in what is true amid the lies? As Pastor Mike shared Sunday, 1 John 2:18-27 was written so that you would avoid deceivers and remain steadfast in what is true.
“I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you.” – 1 John 2:26
Question: How do you avoid deceivers today?
Answer: You avoid deceivers when we rest in the anointing you have received.
Question: What is this anointing?
Answer: The anointing is the work of the Holy Spirit in the salvation of a sinner (Romans 8:19).
Pastor Mike shared that the anointing is better than today’s lies because:
1. The anointing abides (lives) in you.
Jesus said that His coming was what prophets longed to taste for ages (Matthew 13:17). The heart of stone would one day be turned to flesh by the Spirit’s work (Ezekiel 36:26). Jesus affirmed the Spirit’s coming work through His work (John 14:16-17). The Apostles attested to the result of Jesus’ work, the Spirit’s indwelling in believers (1 Corinthians 6:19).
2. The anointing is sufficient.
Jesus said he would offer rest to all those who come to Him (Matthew 11:28). One aspect of the rest found in Christ is the steady rock of assurance and unwavering hope that in Him there is no further improvement needed. He offers a peaceful rest, true assurance that he alone is the solution to your longing heart. Christians do not need to constantly progress into new, evolving truth. Jesus offers foundational 2,000 year old truth that we cling to, preserve, and learn. Do you want rest? Stay close to Jesus. You will not find anything more sufficient.
3. The anointing is true.
You may not believe that statement, but you cannot deny the claims that Jesus made. You must believe Him to be true, or reject Him.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” – John 14:6a
4. The anointing is proven.
No who gives their life to Jesus will ever find him empty. He will always be faithful to you. You will find him more desirable than anything this life can offer.
“You [God] have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound.” – Psalm 4:7
“in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11
“My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.” – Philippians 1:23
Question: What happens to those who have been anointed?
Answer: They abide in Christ!
“Jesus made it clear, abiding in Him means you trust Him for everything. You trust Him for life. You trust Him for fruit bearing. You trust Him for help. You trust Jesus Christ alone.” -Pastor Mike
If you have the anointing that is proven, sufficient, true, and abiding in you, run to and live in Christ.
The world is full of deceivers and alternative truths, and Jesus is calling to you, “Abide in me!” That is a truth you need every moment. Jesus will not fail you.