Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Daily Devotion: Opposites

Bible Reading: John 5:39-47

Key Verse: Verse 43 - “I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

Key Words: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive

Down through the annals of time men have speculated as to who the anti-Christ might be. Some have said that Hitler was the anti-Christ; others said Mussolini was the wicked one, and still others believed Anwar Sadat was the son of perdition. Some years ago, many believed that Henry Kissinger was the anti-Christ.

Now, I readily admit to you that I have no idea as to who the anti-Christ is, but I do believe he is alive today-ready to put his evil plan into action. While I do not know who the anti-Christ is, I do know that the anti-Christ is just the opposite of Christ in at least the following ways:

Christ came from heaven (John 6:38); the anti-Christ will come from hell (Revelation 11:7).

Christ came in His Father’s name; the anti-Christ will come in his own name (John 5:43).

Christ humbled Himself (Philippians 2:8); the anti-Christ will exalt himself (II Thessalonians 2:4).

Christ was despised and afflicted (Isaiah 53:3); the anti-Christ will be admired and lauded (Revelation 13:3-4).

Christ came to do His Father’s will (John 6:38); the anti-Christ will come to do his own will (Daniel 8:24).

Christ is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11); the anti-Christ will be the evil shepherd (Zechariah 11:16-17).

Christ is The Truth (John 14:6); the anti-Christ will be a lie (II Thessalonians 2:11).

One layman noted the problem with some of his fellow church members who seemed “called” to oppose every aspect of the church. He said, “Some people are born again, and some are born against.”

Well, the anti-Christ is “born against” everything that is Godly and righteous. Praise God, as a believer, I will not have to live with the anti-Christ on earth because I will be living with Christ in heaven. How about you?

What to do:
✞ Make sure you are saved (John 5:39).
✞ Do not wait until you leave to take a Godly stand; do so today.
✞ Be steadfast, as the spirit of anti-Christ already exists today (I John 4:3).

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