This world is full of false preachers, scam artists who seem to be following Jesus but who in reality are working to become wealthy and famous. John calls these guys by the right name: “antichrists.” Last time we considered one of the clues to look for in spotting this type of charlatan. John says watch out for those who do “not really belong to us.” (See Spotting a Fake). But there is a better way:
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. (1 John 2:20-21)
God designed humans to be intimately connected to Him by His Holy Spirit. Sin destroyed that connection. Jesus came to restore it. (There is more detail about this in many of my earlier posts. Click on the “New Here?” link above.) To all those who would believe in Him, trust Him and follow Him. He said:
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)
The reason Jesus called the Holy Spirit the “Spirit of Truth” is because:
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. (John 16:13a)
John says, if you truly follow Jesus, He has “annointed” you (given you, filled you) with the Holy Spirit, the One Who guides you into all truth. Listen to Him! He will show you how to spot a fake!
I appreciate your tuning in to this “blog,” chewing over neat things from the Bible with me. I hope you will share it with people you know who have never developed a “taste” for the Bible. Let me wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! God is so good. His blessings, His faithfulness are experienced new each day. I’ll be taking a few days off from writing this as I spend time with family.