Jesus is the revelation of God to mankind. Believing that statement is the foundation of Christianity.
3 When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother, 4 he taught me and said to me, “Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live.
As I was reading this morning in 1 John 2, I realized that it was talking about the Trinity! I had read this passage many times, but just now saw the connection. Let’s read it,
18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore 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 it might become plain that they all are not of us. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life. 26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you. 27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.
Literal- John is warning his flock about the danger of antichrists. They sneak in and undermine the apostles’ teachings with lies and twisted truth. He reminds them to trust the Spirit that is in them. These antichrists are just that: Anti-Christs. They do not believe that Jesus is the Christ (v22). In doing so, they deny the deity of Christ and His oneness with the Father. In fact, in a circuitous manner, John states that Jesus and God are one and the same (vs 23).
As the destruction of Jerusalem loomed (the last hour), persecution became fierce. The Emperor Nero burned Rome and blamed the Christians. Then, he went on a torturing/killing spree. There were those who entered into the fellowship and tried to turn people away from Christ. Maybe they told them that they could worship God and the Emperor, too. Or, maybe they told them that they could partake in the temple orgies and still worship with the fellowship of believers. Christ deals with these subjects in the seven letters to the churches in Revelation 2-3. John was writing to them from possibly Patmos–or, at least, prison–to help them (and us) not be deceived.
Moral- We would do well to focus on the second half of verse 23, “Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.” In paraphrase of verse 24, “let the Good News of Jesus and God’s love, that changed you and transformed your life through a relationship with the Trinity, abide in you and keep you in His love. If you believe and trust in the truth of what was shared with you by the apostles, then you can trust that you live with/in Jesus and the Father.” 25 “It is an eternal promise.”
The anointing is the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. He is the One who teaches us and guides us and protects our minds and hearts. He is the One who abides in us as we abide in the Father and the Son.
Spiritual- Because Jesus was here on earth as a person, we might have a tendency to separate the three from each other, which we should not do. “Emmanuel” means, “God with us.” Jesus is called, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). These names were not given lightly! We can see the Trinity here:
God the Father = Mighty God, Everlasting Father
God the Son = Prince of Peace
God the Holy Spirit = Wonderful Counselor
Let’s look at our text:
God the Father = the Father (v.23)
God the Son = the Son, Jesus Christ (v.23-24)
God the Holy Spirit = The Holy One, the anointing (v.20, 27)
The key is in verse 27. The Spirit abides in us and teaches us so that we do not have to fear being led astray from the truth if we abide in Him. Let me qualify that statement. The Spirit teaches us according to who we are and what we know. His revealed truth is always truth, but we will never receive complete revelation this side of heaven. We must always be open to new revelations and new ways of thinking about spiritual matters. We grow as we learn; when we stop learning, we stop growing. Our relationship and fellowship with the Trinity begins to sour. We are warned to not grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30), nor to quench the Spirit (1 Thes. 5:19). We are to stay open to Him; He will lead the way to truth and righteousness. As we are face-to-face with the Trinity, He includes us in His fellowship. Who could ask for anything more?!
Abba, all my life I have thought of you as three separate beings, even though if someone asked me, I would have told them that You are all three in one. Realizing that I truly can insert any one of You into the Scriptures still blows my mind. And, what this concept does to what happened on the cross changes everything! You love us SO MUCH! I love you, back, Abba. Teach me how far Your love reaches. I suspect it reaches much farther than I can imagine. Amen.
See what kind of love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God;
and that is what we are. Ephesians 3:1a