An Expositional Study of 1 John Part 4: An Exposition of 1 John 2:18-28 -- By: D. Edmond Hiebert

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 146:581 (Jan 1989)
Article: An Expositional Study of 1 John Part 4: An Exposition of 1 John 2:18-28
Author: D. Edmond Hiebert


An Expositional Study of 1 John
Part 4:
An Exposition of 1 John 2:18-28

D. Edmond Hiebert

Professor Emeritus of New Testament
Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, California

In the preceding portion of the epistle (1:5–2:17) John presented grounds for assurance through the test of fellowship. He wrote of the contrasts between light and darkness, truth and error, obedience and disobedience, things temporal and things eternal. In the long section beginning with 2:18 John turned to offer his readers assurance through the conflicts of faith (2:18–4:6). Assurance concerning one’s Christian faith can be drawn from the nature of the enemies he encounters. John insisted that these enemies must be exposed for what they are and believers encouraged to understand the dangers they present and to defeat them with the spiritual equipment God has provided. These conflicts are portrayed under four aspects: (1) the conflict between truth and falsehood (2:18–28); (2) the conflict between the children of God and the children of the devil (2:29–3:12); (3) the conflict between love and hatred (3:13–24); and (4) the conflict between the Spirit of God and the spirit of error (4:1–6) .

Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. As for you, 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 which He Himself made to us: eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you,...

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