King James Version (KJV)
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
Though there are those that argue the authorship of 1 John, evidence strongly suggests it is indeed John, the Son of Zebedee (affectionately called the Sons of Thunder), who wrote the fourth book of the New Testament. While John’s Gospel seeks to bring the reader to faith, John’s intent in 1 John is to confirm and build up his reader in the
His purpose in this epistle is best stated in 1 John 5: 13. “That ye may know that ye have eternal life.”John wants to bring a confidence to his readers. He informs us that he is writing to those reading (then and now) because we already know the truth, not because we don’t.
In these verses, he reminds us that we have “an unction” –an anointing from the Holy Spirit. This anointing allows us to recognize and respond to truth when we read or hear it. It is not apart from God’s Word, but rather through God’s Word. All is correctly discerned by the Holy Spirit.
But John also writes reminding us just Who our God is, along with a warning that we may not be deceived. At the same time, we also want to make sure the weak brother or sister does not succumb to false teachings. John respectfully reminds us, that those who deny that Jesus is the Christ are liars. And those that deny the Son do not have the Father.
He encourages us to let that truth “abide” in us. We have no need to fear deception, only to be wary of it. He ends in a promise, a reminder of the promise God has given us – eternal life. These verses are written to reassure us of that promise, but that that gift does not come without Jesus Christ.
In a world full of chaos, and agendas that promote and teach erroneous beliefs that say all faiths are the same and all roads lead to one God, we can appreciate John’s words. Among those that know an Antichrist is coming; we can be reminded that that spirit is already here, but we can be sure we are not deceived.
Further in these few verses, the Trinity is revealed – The Father, (verse 23) The Son (verse 22) and the Holy Spirit (verse 20). It is exactly who our God is, and we are reminded throughout this book, this is nothing new, but that which we have been taught from the beginning. We must never lose or stray from the things we have been taught. God’s word is the same today and forever.
Do you know the one and only true God? The One Who gave His Son to die on a cross for YOU? Do you know Him? You can. Call on His Name today, repent of the sin in your life that so often binds you and keeps you from your full potential. He is calling for you, today.
John 14: 6
Hebrews 13: 8