|2 John 1:7 |
7 For many deceivers have entered into the world, people who do not confess Jesus as Christ [the anointing] coming in their flesh. This is the deceiver and an antichrist.2 [An antichrist is anyone preaching or teaching whose thoughts, words, and deeds are not controlled by the anointing, which is Jesus to come into man's flesh in sufficient measure to guide and control his thoughts, words, and deeds — thus being a person's true Lord. You can call Him Lord and Master, but if you are still sinning you deny Him as Lord; even Judas called Him Lord and Master. The antichrists were believers who left them; from the Word of the Lord within: "they did not have patience." Ambitious to preach or teach, seeking their own glory, eager for income, still thinking their own thoughts, they went out as the many false prophets have gone out into the world. Even 2000 years ago, John said many antichrists had come, and Paul said many preached for financial gain as unruly, vain talkers, and deceivers.]
2 For many deceivers have entered into the world, people who do not confess Jesus as Christ [the anointing] coming in their flesh. This is the deceiver and an antichrist. (This is word for word from the original Greek translation.) Christendom is looking for "a single" antiChrist to come. Yet, 2000 years ago, John tells us there were many antiChrists already in the world, who went out from among the real Christians. So Christendom doesn't understand what an antiChrist is.
No half-intelligent false prophet would say that Jesus Christ never walked the earth as a fleshly man; no one would need to be cautioned about such an obvious fraud. That is not the meaning of this test. What this verse means is this: Anyone who denies that Jesus as Christ (the anointing) having come in their flesh, to be their controlling Lord of words and deeds, is antiChrist. Anyone who does not have the anointing controlling them is controlled by a different spirit than Christ. They will even deny there is a controlling anointing to be had. Christ means with God's spirit, or anointing: the anointing which you have received from him abides in you, and you do not need any man to teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you all things, and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it has taught you, abide in him. 1 John 2:27
That is why John said, " many have entered the world;" many who denied that Jesus Christ comes in the flesh of a man, as the anointing, to reveal the man of sin, sitting in the throne of your temple [heart], where he ought not to be, to destroy this wicked one with the brightness of his coming, to crush Satan under you heels, to be resurrected in you as your true Lord and Master, to rule your heart, to make you a partaker of the divine nature.
As an example of how a person's actions and doctrines deny, (do not confess), Christ having come in the flesh, George Fox wrote:
If the high priest Jesus Christ is owned, then all the priests are put to an end, which were true types and figures of him; for he who holds up priests which receive tithes according to the law, denies Jesus Christ come in the flesh. But whoever loves the light that he has given them, witness Jesus Christ to have come in the (their) flesh. These deny all the priests that receive tithes; for the receiving of tithes was in a time passed.
Following George Fox's logic, to not confess Jesus Christ come in the flesh, (thus to be antiChrist), is to profess or support any false doctrine or unlawful practice. Who continues swearing, or tithing, or killing false prophets and unbelievers, or continues taking an eye for an eye, or building temples, or observing sabbaths, or having multiple wives, or forbidding certain foods, or observing certain days, or celebration of Jewish feasts;* such person denies Jesus Christ as Lord and Master, denies Him come in the flesh, and therefore is antiChrist. It is not what you say you are, but what you do that makes you a Christian or not; from the Word of the Lord within: "Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master;" and if you are still sinning while upholding any false practice of the false church, your conduct denies Him to have come in your flesh to be your ruler and king that orders all your words and all your deeds; and so you are an antiChrist.
* If you are a Jew that practiced the Mosaic Law, in regard to foods and days, and have turned to Christianity, you are permitted, (not required), to continue that practice until you have received faith from the Spirit that a portion of the law should not govern you, (as did Peter); for if you think it is a sin to violate any aspect of the law, you are condemned if you violate it.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master." Since a person's sinful, unlawful conduct and words deny Him as Lord and Master, Jesus is come in the [their] flesh is also denied; thus that person is antiChrist. Although such a person will probably adamantly deny they are antiChrist, their continuation of sin and unlawful practices speaks louder than their words. This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their hearts are far from me, Mat 15:8; from the Word of the Lord within: "The hypocrite may talk of faith and do evil."
Why does John write so thoroughly on who is born again, who does not know God, who sins, who is not righteous, who are deceivers, and who is antichrist?—So that you will not deceive yourself nor be deceived by others who speak about God or Christ.