The Holy Spirit’s work in us, helping us to grow and develop like Jesus everyday is a life long process known as Sanctification. Due to free will, modern day technology along with our choices and lifestyle can slow that process down. Due to God’s sovereignty we will learn what God has in mind for us but His holiness will never intersect with our free will and our choices. We need to decide to accept Him so that He can start a work in us. The Davinci Code and Dan Brown threw the Christian community a curve ball with the introduction his novel. It was based on research that was twisted and worded to make a good story and put doubt into some minds which caused some to question the Christian faith. A right relationship with Jesus is demonstrated by how we apply our words and actions. Do they line up or do they contradict each other?
Both John and Peter addressed the issues of false teachings in their respective times. The central thought around what they were addressing was about the results of prayer – what do we get out of it? Their answer was we do not need to be concerned about any special knowledge or power if we stay true to our faith. In John’s time, the teaching of Docetism was being spread. Docetism, in Christian terminology, the belief that Jesus only seemed to be human and that His human form was an illusion, as was His crucifixion; that Jesus Christ did not have a physical body. It is not one single heretical movement, rather it is a doctrinal point intrinsic to a number of some early Christian heresies. The problem with Docetism is that if Jesus was an illusion, He could not have been nailed to the cross, He could not have died on the cross, nor could He have bled on the cross. Here is the only special knowledge we need: we can though, be sure of this. Salvation is certain. It is based on God’s word and Jesus’ work. If we know God and Jesus then our eternal life is secure. So God has saved us from the wrath of sin. Sin is any lack of conformity to the law of God. It is a constant battle of the soul. Do I go out and ‘make a name for myself’ which would mean I would give into the world and its agenda and pride. Or, do I accept the name that God has made for me.
Antinomianism is another form of thinking that was being spread by false prophets which is still very much prevalent today. Coming from the Greek, it means lawless. It is a pejorative term, in Christian theology, for the teaching that Christians are under no obligation to obey the laws of ethic or morality. This is something that one group might charge against an opposing group. If you put Antinomianism up against legalism, they would seem to be polar opposites of each other. Legalism, being the notion that obedience to or an improper fixation on a code of ethics(religious law) are a necessary part of the salvation process and in this case would be considered errant extremes. When we sin, we are convicted by the Holy Spirit and moved to repentance and forgiveness. God spiritually convicts us to turn away from sin. One changes over from death to life when justification happens or when a sinner accepts Christ. Sinn no longer characterizes a Christian, where as a non-Christian turns to sin. The perfect love of Jesus casts out fear and leads us to the light. Who ever has the Son has the testimony of eternal life. The confidence of eternal life is found in Scripture and leads to prayer and is evidenced by my life.