Remain In

1John 2:22-27 Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son. Whosoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: (but) he that acknowledges the Son has the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him. 

‘Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ?’ there are three false doctrines mentioned here: that Jesus is not the Christ; that God is not the Father of Jesus and that Jesus is not the Son of God. The Jews and the Gnostics, in particular, denied the miraculous virgin birth of Jesus Christ. They considered Him a common man, the son of Joseph and Mary as many others do today (Matt. 13:55-57; Mark 6:3).

‘Whosoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father’ no man can be born again or be saved from sin who denies that Jesus is the Son and the Christ of God. He cannot know God or Christ (1Jn. 5:1; Matt. 1:21; John 3:16; 14:6; 17:1-3).

‘Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning’ let or permit that which you have heard from the beginning remain in you. This no doubt refers to Christ, as is clear from the same expression in 1John 1:1; 2:13, 14.

‘If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father’ people will continue in the Father and in the Son only as long as they permit such a relationship. Believers must remain in Him to bring forth fruit. If any man does not abide in Him he is cast forth as a branch and is withered and burned (John 15:1-6).

‘Remain’ the Greek word meno meaning to abide; stand one’s ground; continue. The same word is translated three ways in this same verse: abide, remain, and continue. If you allow or permit Christ to abide (meno) in you, He will remain (meno) in you, and if Christ remains in you, then you shall continue (meno) in the Son and in the Father.

‘And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life’ if one allows Christ to remain in his life, then he receives “eternal life.” This term is used synonymously with “Christ” who is called eternal life in 1John 1:1-2. This eternal life is only in Him (1Jn. 5:11-12). Life eternal is to know God and Christ (John 17:2-3; 1Jn. 1:1-2; 5:20).

‘You need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him’ no need of any new doctrine or any instruction from the seducers of 1John 2:26.

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