Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things – 1 John 2:18-20

We’re in the last days, therefore the activities of the antichrists referenced in our opening verses are already happening. Many have come in their own names, with false doctrines. A false doctrine isn’t essentially the opposite of the true Gospel, but a perversion of it. Its objective is to deceive and lure men into believing a lie, instead of the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus.

As a child of God, however, you need not worry about the cunning craftiness of antichrists, false preachers and teachers, because you’re anointed of God, and therefore can’t be deceived. The Word says, you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things. The anointing of the Holy Spirit that’s on your life safeguards you and helps you discern the right teaching of the Gospel from false doctrines.

1 John 2:27 says, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.” The Holy Spirit is the Lord of the Church, and when you hear the Word of God under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit in you will bear witness with your spirit, that what you’re hearing is the truth.

The implication of this is that you won’t find yourself deceived, tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine; rather, you’d be established on the truth of God’s Word. If the anointing can help you know the truth of God’s Word, it’ll certainly also guide you in the natural things of life, because the lesser is included in the greater.

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Prayer

Dear Father, I thank you for the anointing of the Holy Spirit that’s at work in me, guiding me in the path of truth. I’m established in righteousness, steadfast and unmovable in the Lord, filled with the knowledge of God, in all wisdom and discernment. I know all things by the Holy Spirit that’s at work in me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study: 1 John 4:1; John 14:26