The Impact of Our Anointing Pt. 1
Topic: Sunday Evening Sermons Verse: 1 John 2:18–2:27
“The Impact of Our Anointing”
1 John 2:18-27
Theme: The believer will be guided by God’s Spirit as he perseveres in the t=ruth of God’s Word.
I. Our Anointing Is Proved – 2:18-23
A. There Are Deceptions Promoted by “Antichrist” – vv. 18-19, 22-23
- John emphasizes that we are in the last days (that time between Christ’s first and second advents) by stating: “Children, it is the last hour …”
- “the last hour” – is a reference to the fact that he is referring to the time between the two advents of Christ – after Christ’s return is referred to as the “time to come”
- This time began with the 1st Advent of Christ – cp. Hebrews 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:20.
- He says that these believers were already expecting the antichrist – “… and just as you heard that antichrist is coming …” – since this is the first reference specifically to the Antichrist, their knowledge had to have come from the Old Testament – cp. Daniel 9:26-27 – also see Daniel 7-8 & 11
- One of the confusing things that believers must get straight is that the word “antichrist” is used in two major ways.
- One way as an adjective – describing the attitude or “spirit” that dominates those who reject Christ as the Son of God – “… even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.” – 1 John 4:3; 2 John 7
- The other way “Antichrist” is used is as a proper noun – describing that great “man of lawlessness” who will come after the Rapture of the church and the apostasy that results before the “Day of the Lord” – cp. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12.
- One of the characteristics of the “last days” is the prevalence of “antichrists” who would “den[y] that Jesus is the Christ” (v. 22) – cp. 1 John 4:1-3
- These false teachers are “liars” in that they deny “the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father”
- It matters what is taught about Jesus Christ – the doctrine of Christ cannot be tampered with!
- It is only through the Son that we have access to the Father; to reject Jesus Christ as the source of the knowledge of God is to deprive oneself of access to the Christian God.
- Without the acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, men are left with an abstraction of God.
- The damage done by such false teaching is that those espousing it cannot endure sound doctrine and depart from the fellowship with the saints – 2 Timothy 4:3-4
- When they depart, they demonstrate that “they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us …”.
- When a person professes to follow Christ, but is able to be lured away from the simplicity of faith in Christ to follow false teachers and “go out” – it is “… so that it would be shown that they are not of us.” - 1 Corinthians 11:19
B. There Is a Defense Provided by Objective Truth – vv. 20-21
- In contrast to those deceived by the “spirit of antichrist” are “you [who] have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know …”
- This is the opposite of the “spirit of antichrist”
- Most commentators think that the “anointing” here is the Spirit who comes to teach believers and to guide them into all truth.
- However, to others this remains somewhat subjective; driving the observation that the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God in teaching men of Christ – 1 Thessalonians 1:5
- Thus, the antidote to false teaching is the inward reception of the Word of God, administered and confirmed by the work of the Spirit – all of which constitutes the “anointing from the Holy One.”
- Because of the priority of the Word of God in their lives, John says “I have not written you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie is of the truth.”
- Because believers have the Holy Spirit and know the Word of God, they recognize doctrinal error for what it really is – 1 Corinthians 2:10-16.
II. Our Anointing Is Protected – 2:24-25
- Once again in contrast to those who “went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us,” John says: “As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning.”
- Of course, this is referring to the truths of God’s Word, the “faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” as in Jude 3
- So important is this stress on the need to hold fast to the original Christian message that John repeats it for emphasis, connecting what “you heard from the beginning …” directly to “abid[ing] in the Son and in the Father.”
- Hence, the foundation for fellowship with God is the perseverance in the truth.
- John then makes the connection even stronger by saying: “This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life”
- In essence John says that the reward for perseverance is “eternal life” – that is, those who have eternal life are the ones that will persevere.
- Fellowship’s Foundation Is Clear – v. 24
- Fellowship’s Future Is Certain – v. 25
III. Our Anointing Is Preserved – 2:26-27
A. The Seduction Away from Our Anointing – v. 26
- John says that he has “written these things” because there are “those who are trying to deceive you” – that is, seduce you away from the truth.
- False teachers possess as their major effort, the seduction of weak souls away from the truths of God’s Word.
- The solution is to “retain the standard of sound words … in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus” – cp. 2 timothy 1:13-14
- In essence, John says: “Be aware that there are those out there who desire to mislead you; people who will prey on any void of commitment to the truth of God’s Word.”.
B. The Strength of Our Anointing – v. 27
- Once again, we see the “As for you …” – a reference to the contrast that exists between those weak ones and his followers.
- He reminds them of “the anointing which you received from Him abides in you” – something that results in the following characteristics:
- “You have no need for anyone to teach you” – an emphasis on the ability each believer possesses, because of God’s Spirit’s presence, to open the Scripture and understand for himself what God says.
- “but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie” – an emphasis that the teaching by God’s Spirit is reliable; instead of denying the Lord Jesus Christ, it will draw us to Him – cp. John 16:13-14
- “And just as it has taught you, you abide in Him” – an emphasis on the real antidote for false teaching – abiding in Christ.