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IN THE CHURCH

John labels false teachers in the church as “antichrists,” and their deceptive teachings confirm that the “last days” have commenced.

The term “antichrist” occurs only in the second and third letters of John, and he applies the plural noun to deceivers that are causing dissension in his congregations. Their very presence constitutes irrefutable evidence that the “last days” have commenced. These troublemakers are “antichrists” and forerunners of the “Antichrist” who is to come.

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THE TRUE LIGHT

Jesus is the only true light in the world, a light that shines all the brighter in the darkness, and this light means life for men and women.

According to the apostle John, “life” is found in the “word,” and that life is the “light of men.” And at present, it is “shining in the darkness,” and the darkness “cannot seize” or suppress it. This same “word” has been “made flesh” in Jesus – In him, the glory and life of God have been truly and fully manifested. Moreover, his disciples are summoned to “testify” of the light in this dark world.

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JESUS REVEALS THE FATHER

The fullness and truth of God are unveiled in the Word made Flesh, namely, Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified Messiah – John 1:14-18.

The prologue to John’s gospel introduces several key themes – Life, Light, Witness, Truth, and Grace.  Jesus is the Light of the world, the source of Grace and Truth, the True Tabernacle, the only born Son of God, and the only one who has seen the Father.  It concludes by declaring that he is the only one who is qualified to interpret the unseen God.

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MANIFEST GLORY OF GOD

Ever since the “word became flesh,” the glory and knowledge of God are found in Jesus by everyone who believes – John 1:14.

In the prologue to John’s gospel, Jesus is presented as the “word made flesh” in whom the “glory of God” is manifested. He is the Greater Tabernacle foreshadowed by the old tent in the wilderness. He is the place where Yahweh’s glory is beheld by all believers. This statement anticipates John’s later passages that link Christ inextricably to the Father.

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HE TABERNACLED AMONG US

Jesus is the True and Greater Tabernacle in whom the presence and glory of God reside – John 1:14.

The gospel of John presents Jesus as the dwelling place of God dwells, the Greater Tabernacle where his glory is seen, and the true worship of the Father takes place “in the spirit.” Access to His glory is no longer confined by the physical walls of the Temple or Tabernacle or limited to the geographic boundaries of the land of Canaan.

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FINAL SANCTUARY

Jesus is the True and Final Sanctuary in which the glory of Yahweh now dwells, the substance foreshadowed by the ancient Temple – John 2:13-22.

In the second chapter of John, we find the disciples discovered that Jesus is the True and Final Temple of God. The era of God “dwelling” in portable tents and stone buildings in Jerusalem or anywhere else had come to an end. God does not dwell in structures “made-by-hand,” nor can His presence be contained within physical or geographic boundaries.

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