“They went out that they may be manifest that they were not all of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One and know all things.” (2:19,20).
The false values of the world are constantly trying to encroach upon and creep into God’s church. We are to be on guard. John says that those who espouse the values of the world are of antichrist and have no part in the kingdom of God. They may come alongside the church for a while seeking to enter and corrupt, but in the end, they will leave. How are we to discern such encroachments and know such people? John says that we have a witness within us, an anointing which we have received from God. This ‘inner knowing’ helps us to discern what is of God and what is not. It is not a sign of infallibility, but as long as we remain in fellowship with God, it is a guide. Therefore, John says in verse 24, that we should remain in that which we have heard from the beginning and not be seduced from the fundamental truths of the gospel. In this way we shall not be ashamed by being led astray into false things.
PRAYER :- “Lord help us to be delivered from the many deceivers and antichrists that are in the world.”