People who are against Christ
18 My children, the world will soon end. You have heard that the enemy of Christ will appear. You can see that many enemies of Christ have already appeared. This shows us that the world really will end soon. 19 These people used to be in our group of believers. But they left us. They never really belonged to our group. If they had really been true believers, they would have remained with us. When they left us, it showed clearly that none of them really belonged with us.
2:18John was an old man. He wrote to his readers as if they were his children.
20 But Christ, the Holy One, has given you the Holy Spirit. As a result, you all know what is true. 21 That is why I am writing to you. It is not because you do not yet know God's true message. I am writing to you because you do know that true message. And you can be sure that there are no lies in it.
22 Who are the people who tell the worst lies? It is anyone who says that Jesus is not the Messiah. A person like that is the enemy of Christ. He is speaking against God, the Father, and against Jesus, his Son. 23 Anyone who says that Jesus is not God's Son does not belong to the Father. But anyone who accepts Jesus as the Son of God also belongs to the Father.
2:22Some people say that they are Christians. But they do not believe in Jesus. They do not believe that he is the Son of God. They do not know God. They do not know what is true. They do not have the life of Jesus in them.
24 As for you, always remember the true message that you heard at the beginning. If you continue to believe that message, you will remain united with the Son and with the Father. 25 That is the real life that continues for ever. And that is what God has promised to give to us.
26 Some people are trying to lead you away from God's true message. I am writing these things to you so that you know about those people. 27 But Christ has given the Holy Spirit to you, and he continues to help you. So, you do not need people to teach you what is true. The Holy Spirit himself teaches you everything about God's message. He helps you to know what is really true. He does not tell you any lies. So, you must remember what he has taught you: Remain united with Christ.
28 Yes, my children, continue to be united with Christ. Then we will not be ashamed when he returns to this world. We will not be afraid to meet him.
29 You know that Christ only does what is right. So you should know this: Everyone who continues to do what is right has become a child of God.