1 John 2:24-27, “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. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 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.”
Whenever you see the word therefore, remember that it is a continuation of the previous thought. John is again reminding his readers that what he stated earlier about the antichrist, about false teachings and deception AND the TRUTH about Jesus Christ and the Father being One, the very foundation of our Christian faith, is true and if we abide in that truth, then the Father AND the Son abide in us! I have stated it before in past teachings but it bears repeating and that is the fact that the word “abide” in the Scriptures means and implies to “be steadfast as a rock; like a foundation stone, something to build upon as well as being immovable and not easy to break!”
So, if you ABIDE in this truth that you know, it gives you a support to base your life on, it is sturdy and strong, able to withstand any force that may come against it. This is what it means to not just abide IN Christ, but to have Christ also abide in you! The beloved Apostle is stating this fact point blank, there is no secret or big mystery about it and it comes with a huge promise, a reward if you will, ETERNAL LIFE!
Young ones, young believers; cling to what you have heard from the beginning, let it abide in you and you abide in this truth and you will be safeguarded against false teachings and lies from the enemy. Think on this point; the Word that has come to us in the flesh, Jesus Christ, is still alive in the Spirit of what we read! You take it to heart, and not just intellectually, but use it as a life-changing force and you and the Word also become one with one another! That is what abiding offers to those who are alive in Christ. What an awesome concept! What a great and amazing fact! This is the reason the Apostle keeps reminding and reiterating this fact over and over.
When the Word becomes a part of our very life’s blood; we then are able to test everything according to the Word of God; “What does the Scriptures say about this?” If a teaching does not agree with the Word of God, we have the right and the obligation to reject it outright. This is how we are safeguarded against the wiles of the enemy; whether that enemy is the world, the carnal flesh OR the devil and his minions!
Consider this; just as Jesus Christ is the Living Word and He IS the vine, the source of our spiritual knowledge, wisdom and anointing. John 15:3-8, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
THIS is what abiding means! We become one with Him, grafted into His vine, as His branches and just as He does nothing aside from the Father telling Him, we doing nothing aside from Him telling us! (John 5:19, 14:10-11). Because of this fact, we can have the promise that Jesus made to us from the very beginning; the promise of eternal life with Him, in the presence of His Father. This promise is in direct conflict with the lies the antichrist would try and have us believe, but when the Word Himself is abiding in us, quickening our spirit, there is no doubt in our minds and hearts of the enemy’s lies.
This is why John is able to tell those he loves that we need not worry, because the very anointing is within us. Many people do not realize that when we talk about Jesus, the Christ, we are not talking about Jesus, the man necessarily, but rather Jesus, as the Anointed One. That is the meaning of the title, Christ. When we say Jesus Christ, or Christ Jesus, we are saying that it is Jesus, the Anointed One, or God’s Anointed One. Remember, Jesus came as a man to voluntarily fulfill the mission of His Father so that mankind has Salvation and Redemption available to them. Jesus, the man died, yet the very Spirit of God within Him quickened His mortal body and caused Him to rise from that grave that captured so many before Him! Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” All of this because of abiding in Him and Him abiding in us! This is why John is so adamant about abiding in Christ.
Now, remember that Jesus shared with His disciples that He had to depart this world so that the Paraclete or the Comforter would come, speaking of course of the Holy Spirit as our Advocate and Counselor. It only stands to reason also; for Jesus, the man, in the flesh was limited in His abilities by that very flesh that we ourselves are limited too. His word would reach to all who would listen and hear, but, when He departed to return to Heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit, the very Spirit of Christ, the Anointed One, to dwell within the hearts of all who would accept His truth! His Spirit, not confined to the limitations of the flesh, is able to influence hearts and spirits all over the globe! There are no limitations to where the Holy Spirit can reach! God in His immeasurable wisdom knew this to be the case and it was His plan for mankind all along! How many more reason does mankind need to stand up and Praise Him to the highest Heavens, for the LOVE He has demonstrated toward us!
With that very anointing dwelling within us, we are able to discern the truth from the lies of the world! Discerning is not the only thing either, for with it actually comes the ability to grasp beyond mere believing (not to undermine the importance of belief) to the very knowledge, the KNOWING of the truth. The sign of a mature Christian, one who is intimate with the Lord is not the fact that they believe in Him and His truths, but rather they KNOW Him and His truths! It transcends an intellectual relationship to become an INTIMATE relationship. As with any natural relationship and since we are still carnal, fleshly, yet reborn, it takes time and practice to develop that kind of abiding.
But now knowing that the anointing, that Christ, the Anointed One, dwells within us in the manifestation of His Holy Spirit, we are able to overcome the lies of the enemy and we know the truth. John says that because of this we have no need to be taught. Now don’t misunderstand what this means, what John is saying that because of Christ within us, we know the truth already to be the truth based on how we were taught. This does NOT mean we do not need those within the Church, the Body of Christ to provide instruction in the Word for God Himself made that provision as found in Ephesians 4:11-16, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ–from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
And don’t forget the Apostle Paul’s admonition to his protégé, Timothy: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “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.” This certainly applies active teaching and instruction in the Word.
But, when you consider the time in which the Apostle John was writing these letters and the false doctrines that we being taught, not to mention what is being taught today, what John is saying is that as long as you abide in the truth of what has already been taught, you will not have to worry about false teaching that was and even today is, being taught! There are many cults (and not just cults) today, as in John’s day that are always coming forth with some NEW revelation or a new twist on doctrine. The Gnostics of John’s day were always saying they had additional “truths” and what the Apostle is saying is that with what the Living Word teaches us, there is no need for additional truth. With the written Word of God at our disposal and the Living Spirit of God in our hearts, we have ALL we need for instruction concerning God and mankind’s relationship with Him!
No one can or needs to teach one who is abiding in Christ and the truth what IS the truth or a falsehood. The enemy cannot “pull one over on us,” so to speak because of the very Truth that lives within us. We still need to be taught in some areas or else there would be no reason that the Holy Spirit would gift us with teachers, or exhorters or pastors. The Apostle Paul would not have encouraged Timothy to stand upon the things he had been taught as a youngster and the disciples would not have encouraged the older men to teach the younger men and the older women to teach the younger women! This is where you have to study the Word, and rightly divide it. Believe me, I have been in churches that truly believe there is no one teacher, but everybody upon accepting Jesus as Lord, instantly knows all the truths of the Word of God. If this were the case, there would be no stumbling, no religious fads, no twisting of the truth and no being blind-sided by wolves in sheep’s clothing!
What John is saying is this, you will know the truth when you see and hear it and you will know a lie when you see and hear it when you ARE abiding in Christ and His Spirit is abiding in you. No longer do you need a set of rules to tell you how to behave and how to act, for the Word, the rules, the way we are to be to one another and to God as our Father, is written within the anointing that now lives within us!!
We all need to still learn how to apply those truths we know in our relationship, but understand this, any teaching, any rebuking, or reproving as the scripture tells us comes from the Word, must be done with a motive of love. For God IS love as you well know. If He in truth is abiding within us, it is Him, that Character of Love that will manifest itself in all we do! Therefore, when we teach or preach or exhort it will be with love from our innermost being. If we must discipline, rebuke and reprove, it will be with the love that comes from our innermost being, from the ANOINTING that dwells and abides within, and it will not be destructive or harmful, but rather it will come with hope, grace and promise!
One side-note here because of the connotations of words in the language of today and I am sure I am not telling anyone anything new, but it bears reminding; discipline is NOT punishment! Discipline is a derivative of discipling, to show another a different way and in the way the Scriptures use this word, in the correct path to follow. Reprove is just what it sounds like, to RE-PROVE the truth or the veracity of something! Scripturally, to reprove someone is NOT to put them down or make them feel less than what our Heavenly Father thinks of them, but rather it is to prove the truth or worth of something as it has been all along!
God never disciplines or reproves us without showing us that if we follow Him, nothing but good will come of it. That should be the same thing when we teach, preach, discipline or reprove. You never discipline or reprove someone with the intent of tearing them down just to build them back up, that is a humanistic way of teaching, rather it is always with the intent of building them up in the first place! This is what the Beloved Apostle’s teaching shows us in his writing style. He is quick to warn of sin and deception, but he is quicker still to acknowledge being able to rise above them!