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  "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15 

 

They Went Out From Us...

"They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us." 1 John 2:19
Does the above Scripture, in particular, 1 John 2:19a, 'They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us', teach that a person who leaves a church, leaves a Christian community, indeed, leaves the faith itself, is unsaved?

Not necessarily.

1 John 2 Warns of false Gospels

The preceding verse gives us the answer, 

 "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." 1 John 2:18

In the above verse, John is warning, and showing that there already exists antichrists.  What are antichrists?  Antichrists are those who deny the Gospel of Jesus. 

In today's world, an example of antichrists are Mormons, who preach a different Jesus, that is, they teach, and believe, that Jesus is a created being, is the brother of Satan.  They teach and believe a salvation which involves faith in a different Jesus, with the addition works as part of their 'different Jesus' package. 

Another example of antichrists are the Jehovah's Witnesses, who deny Jesus is God in the flesh, instead teaching that Jesus is the Archangel Michael.  They are the Catholics, who teach that salvation does not come through Jesus, but a different Gospel of man made works and sacraments, man made that is, as, determined by the Pope, Catholic clergy, etc.

Just as today, false prophets do not, 'continue with us', because they believe in something completely different from the saving Gospel of Christ, that is, 'they were not of us, ... they would have continued with us'.  They continue with themselves, that is, with their cult, as Jehovah's Witnesses continue amongst themselves, Mormons do, and so forth, believing in a different Jesus, in a different Gospel.

That is, believing in something else, having never been saved in the first place.

1 John 2:19 does not teach that a person must endure in continuation of their works, their church going, or their faith, in order to be saved, but that, there are antichrists who preach a different Gospel, a different Jesus, and that, such were never Christians to begin with.

It does not teach that one has to perservere in faith, works, in order to be saved.

This is further clarified, that the Apostle John is referring to those who deny the faith, that is, the false prophets; antichrists,

"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father:" 1 John 2:22-23

The Sinner at Corinth

If we compare this to the man at Corinth, who was living in sin, in open, public knowledge, committing the sin of fornication.

Every Christian is a sinner, in that, we will continue to sin, until we receive our glorified bodies, however, there is a difference between sinning, and openly promoting sinning.  One should not openly promote sinning within a Christian group.
"To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus." 1 Corinthians 5:5
The man in particular, had taken fornication to a new level, by committing immoral living with his mother-in-law, and the man was expelled from the church.  He no longer continued with the church, not because he wasn't saved, but because of his open, and unrepentent (that is, not trying to change it), backslidden condition.  Despite no longer continuing with the church, notice that Paul does not say he is not saved, but rather, Satan will destroy the mans flesh, but, 'the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus'.

That is, although he does not continue with the church, with the other Christians, he is still saved, which is different from those who departed, as referred to by John.  Such as those referred to by John, never had the saving truth to begin with, and 'went out from us, but they were not of us;'

Being Deceived, but still Saved

These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. 1 John 2:26-29
Here we have it clarified.  One does not have to perservere in either faith OR works in order to be saved.  Of course, one SHOULD perservere in faith, and works, as it is the right thing to do, however, our salvation does not depend on it, and therefore, our salvation cannot be lost.
These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you..
Here the Apostle John is giving caution about people who try to seduce the saints, to lead them off the path of following Christ.  The Apostle John would not give such a warning to the elect, if it could not happen.
And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Here, the Apostle John, does not say that those who do not resist being seduced, or being tricked into being seduced, are no longer saved, but rather, he is saying, 'we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.'

The Apostle John is saying that, if we are deceived, that is seduced, into no longer following Christ, no longer maintaining our faith, our works, then, when the Lord returns, we will be ashamed, not that, we will be unsaved.

The Love of the Father

"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" 1 John 2:1
"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." 1 John 2:3-6
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 1 John 2:15
Here, John is telling us to walk as Christians, to walk as Jesus did.  Just as a son who gets on with his biological dad, when he walks closely with his dad, so it is that as Christians, when we walk close with Christ, that we are close to the Father, and we know the Father.

John is encouraging us to walk with Christ, and have a relationship with the Father.  Which is fellowship, and not salvation.  The Apostle John is encouraging us to have fellowship with the Lord, and is comforting us in our salvation.

Conclusion

The Apostle John is encouraging us to walk with Christ, to be close to the Father and therefore love the Father, and to continue in our works and our faith.  Not because we can lose our salvation, but rather, because it is the right thing to do, and, if we do not falter, that we will not be ashamed, when the Lord Jesus Christ returns.
"I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake." 1 John 2:12















7th June 2018

 

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