Today the sermon at my church was based on 1 John 2:18-29. In this passage, John warned believers against antichrists, anyone who denies that Jesus is the Christ. In the new church, there were many false teachers trying to lead Jesus’s followers astray. John said, I’m not writing to you because you don’t know the truth. You do know the truth. See to it that the gospel message you heard from the beginning remains in you.
As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.
What is the core message of the gospel that remains in me?
- We all sin
- God still loves us
- Jesus intercedes for us
- We are to love one another, as he loved us
Of course, there is much more to the message I have heard than this. But at its core, the message of Jesus Christ is the redeeming power of God’s love.