18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[a] 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.
26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
There are three things that are important in this passage:
- The anointing
- Acknowledgement of Jesus
Let’s take them in reverse order. Acknowledging Jesus as God is paramount to salvation because to receive one is to receive the other. Jesus was Immanuel, God with us. He was not just a man who became God through his sacrifice, but God who came to earth to sacrifice Himself for us. The sacrifice had to be perfect whereas no human has ever been perfect after Adam and Eve’s fall. This truth is borne out in the sacrificial system that was used for 1500 years: a perfect lamb was chosen to bear the sins of the people. Yet, because the lamb was not human, it could only cover man’s sin. Only the blood of a human-a perfect human-could pay the price ONCE FOR ALL.
Exodus 12:5 The lamb must be without blemish or defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.
Leviticus 16:34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the LORD commanded Moses.
Hebrews 10:4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Hebrews 10:8 First he [Christ] said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them (Psalm 40:6-8)”–though they were offered in accordance with the law. (9) Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first [covenant] to establish the second [covenant]. (10) And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Hebrews 9:26 But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Hebrews 7:24 Because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. (25) Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Secondly, the Anointing is His Spirit. Jesus told His disciples that He would send the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth to them (John 14:16-17, 15:26, 16:7, 13). He will guide us into all truth; we do not even need to be taught by others! His Spirit teaches us. This teaching and our learning is called sanctification. Jesus told us how it works:
John 17:17 [Father,] sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
The Spirit teaches us when we read His word. Learning the words of God and the words of Christ gives the Spirit the base we need for Him to teach us. Read, Read, READ!
Third are the antichrists. We are conditioned to think of THE ANTICHRIST, the one who will come and be led by Satan to take over the world, but he is really one of a long line of antichrists. The definition of an antichrist is in verse 22, whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ, God in the flesh. If that’s the case, then there are entire religions made up of antichrists!
The sequence is this: We accept the truth about Jesus Christ: That He is God come down in human form to be our substitutionary sacrifice. We, then, receive the Holy Spirit, Who begins to teach us and guide us into all truth about what we have done, Who Jesus is, what is real and what is counterfeit, and what is coming. The main thing is to stay connected to the Vine. We are to abide.
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me [abide, allow me to lead] and I in you [allowing Him to have full access to our lives], you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing [of spiritual or eternal value or effect].”
Let us not be led astray by our own logic, the devil’s lies, or by “shiny objects.” Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus and listen to His voice as He leads us. As we read His words, He speaks to us, so READ HIS WORD!