Robin Schumacher on The Fruit of the Anti-Spirit

I’d bet the farm that you know about the Anti-Christ, but do you know about the Anti-Spirit?

OK, I’ll come clean – that’s a term I just now made up so you’re forgiven for not knowing it. But it’s a real thing nonetheless. Let me explain.

All throughout Scripture, Jesus and the Anti-Christ are compared and contrasted. Their similarities include that both are the subject of prophecy, both are foreshadowed by Old Testament characters (e.g. Joseph and Cain), both are revealed at God’s chosen time, and both have a person who directs people to worship them.

Courtesy of Robin Schumacher

When it comes to contrasts, Jesus is called the godly Man of sorrows (Is. 53:3) while Anti-Christ is called the man of sin (2 Thess. 2:3); Jesus is the Son of God (Mark 1:1) while Anti-Christ is the son of perdition (2 Thess. 2:3); Jesus comes from the seed of woman (Gen. 3:15), while Anti-Christ comes from the seed of the serpent (Gen. 3:15); Jesus is the Lamb (Is 53:7) while Anti-Christ is the Beast (Rev. 11:7); Jesus is the holy One (Mark 1:24) while Anti-Christ is the wicked one (2 Thess. 2:8); Jesus humbled Himself (Phil. 2:8) while Anti-Christ exalts himself (Dan. 11:36); Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) while Anti-Christ is the idol shepherd (Zech. 11:17).

In my opinion, the same holds true for the Holy Spirit and what I call the Anti-Spirit. The latter is what I believe Paul refers to when he says, “And you were dead in your offenses and sins, in which you previously walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:1-2, my emphasis).

The Holy Spirit directs the people of God, while the Anti-Spirit leads the people of the world.

Paul says this about the Anti-Spirit’s leading: “You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led” (1 Cor. 12:2). And, of course, John calls out the Anti-Spirit when he says: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God … every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and now it is already in the world” (1 John 4:1-3).

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Robin Schumacher

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