1 John 2:22-24 – Was John Writing About Denial that Jesus is Jehovah?

Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist: he who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son, the same does not have the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also. As for you, let that remain in you which you heard from the beginning. If that which you heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son, and in the Father. — 1 John 2:22-24, Light Improved Version.

One author states concerning the above verses: ‘According to 1 John 2:22-23, belief in the blessed Trinity is not optional but critical to having a true faith toward God.” Another states regarding “apostates”: “According to 1 John 2:22-23 they will deny the Trinity.” Another states: “Beware when you deny the trinity your [sic] not TRULY saved 1 John 2:22.” Another links belief that Jesus is the archangel with John 2:22,23, evidently with the thought that belief in the archangel means one is denying the Father and the Son. Another states concerning 1 John 2:22,23: “Their heresy—they denied the Trinity!” One provides 1 John 2:22,23 support the statement: “To deny the Trinity is a mark of an antichrist and a cult, and it is a denial of God.” Another claims regarding 1 John 2:22, “if you take it at face value, whoever denies the Trinity is antichrist.” One states in relation to 1 John 2:22: “It is clear to me that Satan will do everything in his power to deny the trinity of God and will cause many people to fall into deception to believe this lie that there is not a trinity.”

It should be obvious that many see either the “the trinity” in 1 John 2:22-23, and/or that they see Jesus as being the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 3:13,14) in 1 John 2:22-23. The trinitarian often furthers sees in 1 John 2:22-23 that the Father is one person of the triune God, and that Jesus is another person of the triune. And then, based on what they “see” in 1 John 2:22-23, they would claim that anyone else who does not “see” this must be antichrist, or, at least not Christian. It should be obvious, however, that many trinitarians and oneness believers are “seeing” something in what John wrote that is not stated. As of yet, we have not found anyone who has ever attempted to explain what it is in 1 John 2:22-23 that refers to any triune God, or that Jesus is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Indeed, it appears to be simply presumed, and the presumption is taken for granted.

Actually, John wrote nothing at all about denying the trinity; he wrote noting at all about denying that Jesus is Jehovah; he wrote nothing at all about there being two, or three persons, in one God; he wrote nothing at all about Jesus as being the God of Abraham. Indeed, throughout the New Testament, the Father of Jesus is always presented as being the God of Abraham; not once do we find any scripture that identifies Jesus as being the God of Abraham (although many read that thought into many scriptures).

Does 1 John 2:22-24 say anything at all about belief in an alleged “Blessed Trinity”? No, one will not find anything at all there about such, nor is there anything in what John stated that has any reference to denying such an alleged “Blessed Trinity”.

Does 1 John 2:22-24 mean that if one believes that Jesus is the Archangel, that one is denying the Father and the Son? Absolutely not! There is nothing at all in 1 John 2:22-24 that would mean that Jesus is not Michael the Archangel.

See our studies on Michael the Archangel

It should be obvious that many are submitting the dogma of men so as to imagine and assume “beyond what is written”, thus leading to condemnation of others. — 1 Corinthians 4:6.

Do the scriptures ever present such an idea that Jesus has to be the God of Abraham in order to save mankind? Absolutely not! Such has been imagined, assumed, added to, and read into some scriptures, but in reality, the only requirement for the sent savior is that he be a sinless man, who unlike Adam, is kept righteous by obedience to the God of Abraham. Indeed, by adding to the Scriptures that Jesus is the God of Abraham, one, in effect, annuls that Jesus condemned sin in the flesh, for Jesus would have, in effect, demonstrated that in order to obey Jehovah, that man has to be Jehovah. This would not condemn sin in the flesh, but rather it would justify sin the flesh, proving that the only way that Adam could have obey Jehovah was that Adam would have needed to have been Jehovah.

See:
The Price of Redemption – God or Man?
Did Jesus Have to Be Both God and Man in Order to be the Mediator?

No, John did not write about denying any doctrine of men that has to be imagined, assumed, added to, and read into the scriptures, such as the triune God dogma. He was talking about denying the Son, which, in effect, also denies the Father, since it was the only true God who sent the Son (John 17:1,3), and the only true God performs His works through His Son. — 1 Corinthians 8:6.

Jesus was sent by Yahweh, speaks for Yahweh as his unipersonal God and Father, represents Yahweh, and it was the unipersonal God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who raised and glorified His Son. Jesus never claimed to be, nor do the scriptures present Jesus as, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, whom Jesus represents and speaks for. — Deuteronomy 18:15-22; Matthew 22:32; 23:39; Mark 11:9,10; 12:26; Luke 13:35; 20:37; John 3:2,17,32-35; 4:34; 5:19,30,36,43; 6:57; 7:16,28; 8:26,28,38; 10:25; 12:49,50; 14:10; 15:15; 17:8,26; 20:17; Acts 2:22,34-36; 3:13-26; 5:30; Romans 15:6; 2 Corinthians 1:3; 8:6; 11:31; Colossians 1:3,15; 2:9-12; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:1.

Let us examine further. John wrote: “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?” “Christ” means “anointed”. Who anointed Jesus, making the Christ? We find that the Anointed is quoted in Isaiah 61:1 as prophetically stating, “Yahweh has anointed me.” (Isaiah 61:1) Jesus applied that prophesy to himself. (Luke 4:18-21; see also: Psalm 45:7; Acts 2:36; 10:38; Hebrews 1:9)  Thus, to deny that Jesus is the Christ is not to deny that Jesus is Yahweh, but to deny that Jesus is the one whom Yahweh anointed.

Indeed, it is the trinitarian that tends toward denying that Jesus really is the Anointed of God, since it would add to what is written in the bible that Jesus is a person of a triune God. Likewise, any who claim that Jesus is Yahweh (or that Jesus is Jehovah) would, in effect, tend toward denial that Jesus is the Anointed by Yahweh (Jehovah). Trinitarians try to explain this away by calling upon the spirit of human imagination so as to add to the scriptures that it was their triune God who anointed Jesus, but that it was only one person of their triune God, the Father, who anointed another person of their triune God, both of whom they claim are “fully God”. Some of the oneness believers, with their spirit of human imagination, have claimed that it is one aspect of God who anointed another aspect of God, etc. Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) and some other groups, on the other hand, claim that Jesus is Jehovah, and the Father is not Jehovah, and thus, according to their reasoning, the Lord Jehovah of Isaiah 61:1 could not have possibly anointed Jesus.

Some Studies by Others
While we are in agreement with the general thoughts presented in these studies by these authors, there may be a few details that we may disagree with.

How to Talk to Believers about The Nature of God
Jesus is the Christ
Antichrist

         
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