[CF Devotionals] 2012-05-20 - One Truth

The Epistles of John ~ Part 34 ~ 1 John 2

  1. Many Anti-Christs (contd.)

    Verses 20-21: Apparently, because of John's next words, these false teachers had claimed a unique anointing as the foundation for their claims to have revealed truth. So, John contrasts this supposed anointing with the believers' actual one.

    Baker said that they "… probably claimed superior knowledge because they had received an exclusive ritual anointing that gave them knowledge (gnosis). 1

    In contrast, believers have all received the true anointing which is the Holy Spirit. Consequently, they have access to that which is true. This is a general statement dealing with truth, and reflects an understanding of basic foundational doctrines denied by the false teachers or anti-christs.

    " In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people" (Acts 2:17).

    John was simply reminding his readers that because they had truth, they should be able to recognize where there are lies, there is no truth. Frequently naive believers hold, speaking of these heretics, though what they are teaching is wrong, these men love the Lord. And since they do, they should be accepted as brothers in Christ. But the Lord has sent us to minister with wisdom. As He said:

    "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves" (Matthew 10:16).

    John would argue, though, that if these teachers are lying about Christ, salvation, the Christian walk, etc., they are not part of the body and have no part of the truth. Believers must stand for the orthodox teachings of Scripture, and must reject individuals who teach something else. This doesn't represent a judgmental spirit, but rather the same kind of discernment seen in the Bereans.

    "Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true" (Acts 17:11).

    1. Baker, Glenn W., The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Vol. 12, 1, 2, 3 John, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1981, p.315.

To be continued.

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