When someone talks of Antichrist a picture of a particular man may come to mind. When you watch movies or listen to sermons about Antichrist it conjures up a visual of a one world dictator. While these ideas may very well be true, in reality the spirit of Antichrist has been in the world for a very long time. In fact we are all born into the spirit of Antichrist as a result of the fall of man.
All the way back to the Garden of Eden we see the Antichrist spirit. In fact this is the spirit that caused the fall of man. The Serpent enticed Adam, through his wife Eve, to partake of the forbidden tree. I want you to notice what he said, “In the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So you see the spirit of Antichrist is really a spirit that is claiming to be God. In other words this spirit sets himself up as God in man.
The term Anti tends to sound like it means in opposition to and it does, but it also means “in place of.” So it isn’t just that this spirit is an adversary it is actually attempting to take God’s place. If we look back in Isaiah 14 we find the origin of this Antichrist spirit, and most believe this is referring to Lucifer, the one we now know as Satan. He said, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” Lucifer wasn’t content being a vessel, or servant of the Most High God, he actually thought he could be God.
Shortly after God created man this same Antichrist spirit went to work to gain access within man. I guess he thought this is the way I will be “Like” God. God designed man to be a vessel, or Temple, in which he would dwell; so Satan thought “If I can gain access into man I will be like God.” What a bold idea, take over God’s creation by infiltrating man. The big question was how he would get in.
Of course there is a great deal of mystery involved with these things, but it seems to me Adam was allured into this deceptive relationship under the promise of being like God, not because Adam wanted to replace God, rather because he longed to be godly, which sounds like a good thing on the surface. Adam loved God; so it was natural, in a way, for him to want to be like him. The problem with this line of thinking is Adam was never meant to be like God instead he was created to contain God.
We are told throughout the New Covenant man is a vessel, Temple, body and branch. So we were never meant to be “Like” God but rather to be the place he dwells. The problem occurred when the container was deceived into thinking he could be the contents. One of the best ways I have come to understand this is it’s as if man was designed to be a cup but was tricked into thinking he could be the coffee, or the Temple becomes convinced it can become like the Deity housed within.
When Adam joined Satan in his folly mankind fell. It wasn’t just that Adam disobeyed the rules he inadvertently allowed the spirit of Antichrist to take up residence with him. Adam had unwittingly opened himself up to the one who thought he would replace God as the Most High. This is why Jesus said of the devil “He is the father of lies.” There is no way Adam would have taken him up on this if it wasn’t presented to him in such a deceptive manner. If the truth be told the world at large still suffers from the blindness that was caused by this original deception.
In 2 Corinthians 4 we read “the god of this world (Satan) had blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” This blindness has led many, many church going, God lovers into the deception that they can be “like Jesus.” Once again the deception is very subtle. While the enemy is pushing believers to make themselves like the Most High, God is saying, “Let my Son shine through you.” You see our attempts, through self effort, to make ourselves more like Jesus is really just a deception. It is just more of the same lies from the enemy. Mankind was never meant to be “Like God” rather we were meant to be the Temple in which he lives.
Through Lucifer’s pride he wasn’t content to just be the vessel, he wanted to be the contents. It takes revelation from God himself to show us these things for without enlightenment from the Holy Spirit we are blind. The Good news is once you see it you’re life will never be the same. You will find the love, joy, peace and rest that has eluded you your whole life. You will begin to enjoy life as a vessel. The life Paul told us used to be a hidden mystery, but has now been revealed, which is Christ in you the hope of glory!
“Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4b