1 John 2:18-27 (New King James Version)
Deceptions of the Last Hour
18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the[a] Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.[b] 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
Let Truth Abide in You
24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will[c] abide in Him.
- 1 John 2:18 NU-Text omits the.
- 1 John 2:20 NU-Text reads you all know.
- 1 John 2:27 NU-Text reads you abide.
Matthew 24:24 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See I have told you beforehand.”
Notes: (1 John 2:20) Anointing usually refers to the pouring out of special olive oil. Oil was used to consecrate kings and special servants for service (1Samuel 16:1, 13) and also was used by the church when someone was sick (James 5:14). “You have an anointing from the Holy One” could read, ‘The Holy Spirit has been given to you by the Father and the Son.” When a person becomes a Christian, he or she receives the Holy Spirit. One way the Holy Spirit helps the believer and the church is by communicating truth. Jesus is the truth (John 14:6), and the Holy Spirit guides believers to him (John 16:3). People who are opposed to Christ are also opposed to his truth, and the Holy Spirit is not working in their lives. When we are led by the Spirit, we can stand against false teachers and the Antichrist. Ask the Spriti to guide you each day.
Notes (1 John 22,23)Apparently the Antichrists in John’s day were claiming faith in God while denying and opposing Christ. to do so, John firmly states, is impossible. Because Jesus is god’s Son and the Messiah, to deny Christ is to reject God’s way of revealing himself to the world. A person who accepts Christ as God’s Son however accepts God the Father at the same time. the two are one and cannot be separated. Many cultists today call themselves Christians, but they deny that Jesus is divine. We must expose these heresies and oppose such teaching so that the weak believers among us do not succumb to their teachings.
Notes (1 John 26, 27) Christ had promised to send the Holy Spirit to teach his followers and to remind them of all that Christ had taught (John 14:26). As a result, Christians have the Holy Spirit within them (“the anointing”) to keep them from going astray. In addition, they have the God-inspired Scriptures, against which they can test questionable teachings. To stay true to Christ, we must follow his Word and his Spirit.