Ok, Let me just say. This is dense! So, take a deep breath, read the passage a couple times over, and lets dive in. John here, is writing a letter to encourage and strengthen a group of Christian believers and is warning them about false truth from people who deny Jesus as Christ. He is giving them a warning that there are people who are looking to deceive us as believers in Christ and lead us away from what we know is true. Because Jesus died for our sins and left earth to send us the Holy Spirit, we have a way away to know and discern what is truth and what is a lie. God, in his goodness, has given us a way to know Him in a greater capacity than our own minds are logically able to understand. This is through the Holy Spirit. God has given us a helper with us but John also claims that we are anointed. In other words John is saying that we, as Christians are set apart because of God’s favor and provision. Because we are children of God, we are covered and get to partake in this anointing. John claims in verse 27 that we are given the favor to know all things. What I believe this is telling us is that in the places in life when the world and the enemy look to lead us and deceive us away from Jesus, God has given us the ability to know the truth versus the lies and to seek after that truth through the deception. We are given an anointing that allows us to make this distinction. This is a gift from God. Not ideas and thoughts fabricated by man. That is conceptually very spiritual but practically can look a lot of different ways in our lives, so hang in there with me.
we have a choice
Within this anointing that John mentions, comes a choice that we as believers has to make. He declares in verse 26 that there are people and things of this world that will try to lead you astray from your walk with Jesus. And we know from what John says in verse 27 that we have a God-given ability that allows us to know the truth. But that doesn’t mean we as believers are going to choose to follow what we know to be true. Here we have a choice, a choice to create a faith of our own and remain in what we know is the truth. We can choose to dive into God’s deepest desire for us and that is to have a relationship with him because we know what is true. John ends his verse 27 giving us the cornerstone of the anointing we have. When we choose to say no to the things that try and lead us astray, we will have the natural reaction to remain in Him.
That is the deeper call John is giving us. To deeply desire and develop a relationship that is rooted in Christ and the truth that God has anointed us to know. It teaches us all things and through it, God gives us insight to say no to the things of this world that will take us away from the narrow road of Christ. But it will be a choice to seek after that truth. May we, together, as the body of Christ on this campus, take advantage of this anointing and the love the Father has lavished on us.
God, Thank you for your anointing you have given us. Thank you for giving us the grace to know truth and the grace to say no to the things that lead us apart from you. May we abhor those things and deeply desire your truth, Lord. You are the one we need and the one we want God. Come and use us, Lord. Amen
- Ladd Morgan