I. DO THEY CONFESS THE SON? (vs.2-3)
vs.2-3 – “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.”
Truth: “If we don’t get Jesus right, we get everything else wrong.”
Gal. 1:8 – “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.”
Two Important Distinctions Concerning the Identity of Jesus
1. Jesus is God
Jn. 1:1; Jn. 8:58; Heb. 1:8; Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:3; Is. 9:6; Rev. 1:8
1 Jn. 5:20 – “He is the true God and eternal life.”
2. Jesus is Human
1 Tim. 3:16 – “Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.”
Jn. 5:30; 1 Jn. 4:2
Divine Impassability: God can undergo no change (Ja. 1:17).
Hypostatic Union: The union of the divine nature and the human nature in the person Jesus Christ.
“It’s not about religion, it’s about a relationship.”