The Anointing of Truth

I. The basic structure of 1 John is to give us assurance about our faith.

A. There are two key concepts that repeatedly appear in this letter.

1. We are to “know” certain aspects of our faith.

a. We can “know” in the sense of experience.
1) 1 John 2:3 -- And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
b. We can “know” in the sense of confidence.
1) 1 John 2:21 -- 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.

2. We are to “abide” in the truths that we experience and gain through confidence.

a.  We are to “abide” in the sense of remaining in those truths.
1) 1 John 2:24 -- Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning.
b. We are to “abide” in the sense of possessing those truths.
1) 1 John 2:24 -- If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

B. There are several principles of “knowing” that precede the ability to “abide” in truth.

1. We are to know who Jesus is – God incarnated in human flesh.

a. 1 John 1:1-2 -- That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us.

2. We are to know what real fellowship is – agreement with God

a. 1 John 1:5-7 -- This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

3. We are to know who and what we are – sinners that need cleansing

a. 1 John 1:8-10 -- If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

4. We are to know what Jesus does for us – cleanses our sin.

a. 1 John 2:1-2 -- My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

5. We are to know how to be sure we are saved – obey God.

a. 1 John 2:3-6 -- Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

6. We are to know how to live with each other – in love toward each other.

a. 1 John 2:7-11 -- Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning.  Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.  He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.  He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.  But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

7. We are to know our responsibilities – focus on and do the will of the Father.

a. 1 John 2:15-17 -- Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.  And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

8. We are to know how to tell the antichrists – by their confession and profession

a. 1 John 2:18-23 -- Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 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 they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.  But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.  Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.  Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

II. The truth is to, therefore, “abide” in you (1 John 2:24).

A. There are several aspects identified that aid in the “abiding.

1. The consistency of the truth-telling.

a. We have “heard it from the beginning” (often repeated).
b. Luke 1:1-4 -- Inasmuch as many have taken in hand to set in order a narrative of those things which have been fulfilled among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed.

2. The wonderful written, accurate and inspired Word of God.

a. 2 Peter 1:3 -- His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
b. 2 Timothy 3:16 -- All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

3. The wonderful promise of security and stability IF we “remain” in these truths.

a. 1 John 2:24-25 -- Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
b. John 5:24 -- Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
c. John 10:28 -- And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
d. 2 Peter 1:9 -- For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

B. There are warnings about “those who would seduce you.” (1 John 2:26)

1. The historical context of John’s day the focus was probably on the Gnostics.

a. Promised a “greater consciousness” of God
b. Mere human experience was not enough – needed “special” knowledge
c. The physical was only an illusion – “reality” is spiritual
d. Jesus’ physical death not important – undermined gospel
e. Physical sins of no consequence – ignored obedience
f. Words are of no reality or meaning – denied Scripture

2. Matthew 24:4-24 -- And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. . . . Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. . . . Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.  For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

3. The “antichrists” the “false teachers” the “seducers” are from the same source.

a. They all “deny” the Lord Jesus in some way.
b. They all “distort” the message of God in some way.
c. They all “deceive” by twisting the words of God to mean “a lie”

III. The “Anointing” that we have received “is truth and is no lie.”

A. 1 John 2:27 -- But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

B. There are three clear aspects to the “anointing” in Scripture.

1. It is received from God.

2. It teaches us.

3. It is Truth and is not lie.

C. There are several obvious background implications.

1. This is speaking of a non-physical “anointing” (no oil, etc)

2. This assumes the imagery of the Old Testament (pour out, public, conscious)

3. This applies to all who are the Twice-Born.

a. Acts 2:16-17 -- But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams (Joel 2:28)
b. John 14:16-17 -- And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

D. There are spiritual and future pictures of the result of this anointing.

1. We are to become kings and priests (Revelation 1:6)

2. We are to be a royal priesthood and a holy nation (1 Peter 2:9)

3. We are NOW “ambassadors” for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20)

4. We are to behave as “chaste virgins” for Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2)

5. We are to conduct ourselves as “a vessel of honor” (2 Timothy 2:21)

IV. The “Anointing” is nothing more or less than the Holy Spirit of God.

A. He has been “poured out” into our earthly body (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; John 14:17)

1. He is the sufficient “Comforter” and “Teacher” and “Guide” for us.

2. He will not fail us – WE can “quench” and “grieve” Him.

a. Ephesians 4:30 -- And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
b. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 -- Quench not the Spirit.

B. We are therefore commanded to “Abide in Him” (1 John 2:28)

1. 1 John 2:28 -- And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

2. Many have had the “anointing” and wasted or misused it (Him) – we are warned again “not to be ashamed” at his coming.”

a. God’s anointed kings have disobeyed (Saul, David, Solomon)
b. God’s anointed priests have compromised (Aaron, Eli, many others)
c. God’s anointed “wife” (Israel) committed spiritual adultery with Baal

3. 2 John 1:8 -- Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.

Ephesians 3:16-21 -- that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

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