Summary: We're unified with Christ and God
August 14, 2011
We started looking through the first letter from John last week, and we saw how Christians have a heavenly and eternal fellowship with each other because of our fellowship with God. Tonight we’re going to pick up in 2:18 and we’re going to see how…
Our fellowship with God guarantees unity for us to the end (:18-19)
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Some people appeared to have joined with the believers, but after a little time they quit. They had false professions, and they were never really part of the body, and this is made obvious by the fact that they didn’t stick with it.
They heard the gospel, but the seed fell on the wrong kind of soil, so it never really took root and bore fruit (Mt. 13:1-23).
But believers have a real and spiritual bond together because of our fellowship with God. We may wander, but we never really leave the fellowship, and we can’t. Look at the words “no doubt.” Had they been born of God in the first place, there’s no way they would have been “unborn” of God. They would have continued on.
I don’t think we can ever say enough about the finished work of Christ and how it’s imputed to us. When He said “it is finished” it really was. The children of God hear His voice and receive everything from Him because of Christ. We’re eternally secure because our bond with God is unbreakable! We’ll no doubt continue on.
But the antichrists leave, and they do it so that everyone is able to see that they have no part in the inheritance. The antichrists are those who deny that Jesus is the Christ; they say He’s not the Messiah.
I think this denial takes on many forms. He doesn’t have to come right out and say “Jesus is not the Christ” for it to be a denial.
Read verse 29: “If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.”
I can’t help but wonder if this wasn’t the problem. These antichrists had made their way into the assemblies apparently unnoticed, but they’re made obvious when they decide it’s not worth it. They go back to their way of life as a dog returns to its vomit, and in doing so they deny that Jesus is the Messiah.
We’re anointed by God so we acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ (:20-23)
20But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
Underline the word “unction” and write out beside it “anointing.” The Greek word refers to smearing something on someone. Usually that meant smearing oil on someone like Samuel did to Saul and David when they were singled out to be kings.
John says here, “you’ve been singled out by God. You’ve been anointed by Him…not like those antichrists who say they’ve been singled out…you’ve really been set up by God.”
And so, we know all things.
Now this seems a little hard to understand because there’s so much I don’t know. How can he say that I know all things? But take the whole passage together:
21I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
The antichrists are liars who deny that Jesus is the Christ. But we’ve been anointed by the Father, so we acknowledge the Son (in word and deed). To say we know all things doesn’t mean that we know everything about everything, but that we understand the truth (we see it).
And what is the truth? Jesus is the Christ.
This again takes us back to the reason we stick together: God has caused us to be one in His Son, and anyone who denies the Christ has no fellowship with us. Anyone who acknowledges the Christ is one with God and with the Son and with other believers.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me (Jn. 17:20-23).