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18Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.
24 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. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 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.
Points of discussion
Last hour: They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:4)
Many Antichrists: antichrist is not just a person but could be ideas, thoughts, and/or life styles. Find one of the antichrists in Matthew 6.
You know all things: Refer to Luke 24:45 and John 14:26.
Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father: Refer to John 14:6-7.
Abide: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” Psalm 119:11
He has promised us – eternal life: What is “eternal life – John 17:3-4
You do not need that anyone teaches you. St. John wrote to remind rather than to teach them. Blessed are those who have been taught directly by the Holy Spirit.