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Bibliotheca Sacra 146 1989 76 93 Copyright 1989 by Dallas Theological Seminary Cited with permission An Expositional Study of 1 John Part 4 of 10 parts An Exposition of 1 John 2 18 28 D Edmond Hiebert Professor Emeritus of New Testament Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary Fresno California In the preceding portion of the epistle 1 5 2 17 John presented grounds for assurance through the test of fellowship He wrote of the contrasts between light and darkness truth and error obedience and disobedience things temporal and things eternal In the long section beginning with 2 18 John turned to offer his readers assurance through the conflicts of faith 2 18 4 6 Assurance concerning one s Christian faith can be drawn from the nature of the enemies he encounters John insisted that these enemies must be exposed for what they are and believers encouraged to understand the dangers they present and to defeat them with the spiritual equipment God has provided These conflicts are portrayed under four aspects 1 the conflict between truth and falsehood 2 18 28 2 the conflict between the children of God and the children of the devil 2 29 3 12 3 the conflict between love and hatred 3 13 24 and 4 the conflict between the Spirit of God and the spirit of error 4 1 6 Children it is the last hour and just as you heard that antichrist is coming even now many antichrists have arisen from this we know that it is the last hour They went out from us but they were not really of us for if they had been of us they would have remained with us but they went out in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us But you have an anointing from the Holy One and you all know I have not written to you because you do not know the truth but because you do know it and because no lie is of the truth Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ This is the antichrist the one who denies the Father and the Son Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father the one who confesses the

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