1Jn 2:21-24 “I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.”
This letter is written specifically to people that know the truth. It is not written to convince anyone of the truth. These words are to people who can clearly see (know) and can tell the difference between the truth and a lie. There is absolutely no way to twist a lie to make it true.
Denying that Jesus is God’s anointed (Christ) for the remission of sins (Act 2:38) is a lie. It is antichrist to claim that He did not put away sin from us as far as the east is from the west (Psa 103:12). We must acknowledge the Father and the Son. Jesus declared that He and His Father are one (Joh 10:30); to deny one is to deny both (and therefore deny God, period). To deny either or to deny the relationship between the two is antichrist.
Why is John spending so much time warning us who know the truth so much about antichrist? Because he has just told us that antichrist went out from us. Many of us have had the experience in our lives at some point of someone that we deeply love denying the truth of Jesus Christ in one way or another. They walk away from the truth and beg us to do the same. They entice us to follow some doctrine that we did not hear from the apostles, or else they ask us to abandon serving God completely. It is heartbreaking to be separated from people we love because they oppose Christ.
The scriptures are given for admonishment and encouragement. Here we are being admonished to not go after a lie. We are being encouraged in the fact that we know the truth. We are being instructed to hold fast to that which we were first taught by God through the Holy Spirit and let go of any lie that opposes Christ. Holding fast to that which we heard from the beginning assures us that we shall continue in both the Son and the Father. In other words, we shall not yield to a spirit of antichrist in trying to hold to one while denying the other.
Having a spirit of antichrist is a serious matter, but not for the reason that many think. A spirit of antichrist will not cause us to be eternally separated from God. Denying Him will not change the truth of what He has done for us. It does change the joy and consolation we feel in Him while we are here.
May we be encouraged that we know the truth, hold it fast, and rejoice in the grace given us to acknowledge the Son!