7439 - You Know - 1 John 2:20-21


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Join us for a study of a passage in the Bible. We are now engaged in a study of 1 John, and we are finding it is a rich, rewarding study.

1 John, along with the gospel of John, and the short epistles called 2 & 3 John, along with Revelation were written by John late in his life. He ministered in Asia Minor and was particularly influential in the church in Ephesus. It was during these years in the decade of the 90’s that John was touched by the attack upon the Church by false teachers. To counter these teachings of heresy the Holy Spirit used John to write the five books of the New Testament mentioned earlier.

Today let’s look at 1 John 2, verses 20 & 21.

1 John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.
1 John 2:21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.

The word ‘anointing’ in this passage is translated “unction” in the King James. Other words are used to convey the same picture in Scripture.

The principle introduced here is a great truth. The sentence says “you have an anointing from the Holy One.” Upon examination we discover that what is being talked about is the anointing by God of every believer with the Holy Spirit.

Now this truth is given in many places in the New Testament.

In 2 Cor. 1:21-22 we read: “...[God] anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

This is but one of the many blessings God bestows upon His new son or daughter who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is sent by God to take up permanent residence within each new believer.

However, the major point John is making in these two verses is in addition to the anointing. John keeps emphasizing, as he does throughout this epistle, that an enlightening phenomenon comes to each believer because of this anointing which God bestows upon them. Notice in verse 20 he says, “All of you know the truth.” Then in verse 21 he again reports this same truth.

Notice John is tying together these two points. He is saying that the anointing which God bestows brings a quickening of the mind, or an enlightenment of the heart with new knowledge of spiritual truth. In context this is particularly tied to the truth regarding the person of Jesus Christ. We know who He is –– the divine Son of God. And we also recognize that Jesus is truly the Messiah –– Christ–– the One who is promised throughout the Old Testament. But notice, faith in Jesus comes before the anointing. Therefore, many who have been looking for Messiah, but who reject Jesus as the fulfillment of prophesy, do not receive the anointing. This results in their hearts continuing to be in darkness; thus, they miss the eternal truth which is shared by God with those who exercise faith in Jesus.

Oh friend, don’t miss out on God’s provision for this spiritual truth. Place your faith in Jesus Christ and you will receive this download of truth so that you may know, that you know the truth. That’s God’s desire for you. That is the reality which John says should be the possession of every obedient Christian.

John even adds more. He says, “no lie comes from the truth.” This means that Christians should not waver between belief & doubt regarding Jesus. There is no lie within the heart which would cause this wavering.

However, if you as a Christian are living a self-willed, independent life style, then you are giving the devil ground to whisper lies in your ear. That’s one condition every believer should strenuously avoid. In such cases fellowship between the triune God and His child is broken. Only our confession and repentance allows the rupture to be repaired and fellowship restored.