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 “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

1 John 4:14

Belief and testimony that Christ is the World’s Savior, sent by the Father:  further evidence of God’s life in us.


“And this is what he promised us — eternal life.”
1 John 2:25

Clinging to a promise of eternal life can be tough – all we know is the messy, fleshy, temporary, physical life we have now on earth. Remain in the Son and the Father now to keep focus on remaining with the Son and Father in eternity.

“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.”
1 John 2:24

We see to so much during a day. So much can remain with us. We are encouraged to be selective with what sticks with us, to hold onto what we have heard about God from the beginning. Doing so helps us to remain focused, so that we can spend more time remaining in the Son and the Father.

“No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.” 1 John 2:23

A relationship with Jesus as Son and God as Father is not designed to be part and parcel.

John warns the disciples to be aware that there have been and will be those that are anti-Christ. The denial may be verbal, or non-verbal, but their actions will demonstrate a life-style that opposes Christ. Such people have come and are coming. They may even appear to be with the group, but their failure to commit or remain, there lack of belonging to the truth, will identify them as being opposed to Christ. Christ is the ultimate example of remaining – he appeared to his disciples after resurrection Sunday – personally appearing first to bind the broken hearted Mary Magdalene.

The believers addressed by John were shaken up by the division among their group, by those who lifestyle denied Jesus as Christ and as God the Father. John makes such a powerful point in verse 22, that those who deny Jesus as the Christ –the King sent by God to redeem – also in turn denies God as Father. One, therefore, does not get to pick and choose convictions on Jesus, on whether he is the Christ, and on God, on whether he is the Father. You either commit to the whole shebang or you don’t.

Despite the dark undertones of talk on anti-christs, John continually writes to lift up and encourage. The spotlight remains on God’s truth. Every believer, especially when rocked by division in their own fellowship, can benefit from the assurance that they know and have the truth, and the challenge to not let that truth be compromised by the actions, or lack of actions of others. John reiterates his earlier profession of the purity of God’s message -there is no falsehood, in him there is no darkness. Through his anointing, we take part in that purity, we become one with that truth, and are challenged to remain in that truth. Trust and rely on that pure truth and cling to God, particularly through the trials that try to separate believers from God and believers from one another.

{Meditations on 1 John 2:18-22}

“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.”
1 John 2:22

John warns those who deny Jesus as the Christ is as such an anti-Christ. A denial of Jesus of Christ is a denial of God as Father.

“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
1 John 2:16

An intense longing for the world and its physicality, fleshiness, materialism, and accomplishment do not come from God.