• The way I understand the verse is that there will be deceivers who'll confess that Jesus Christ did NOT come in the flesh, and as such they will be a deceiver and an antichrist. 1 John 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
  • Take it in context. The early Christian Church was spreading quickly throughout the Jewish world and the author of II John was a part of that. Paul was also spreading Christianity into Europe among the gentiles. Most, if not all of the main people spreading the religion by then had never personally met Jesus before his crucifixion. Also, the religion had yet to be formalized; the Bible had not yet been canonized, Paul was preaching a vastly different set of religious laws to the gentiles than the Jewish Christians were spreading amongst their followers. Some people at that time liked the direction Christianity was going, but refused to acknowledge that Jesus had been a real person, even just 30-ish years after the events of the Gospels. Christians of that time, being a peaceful bunch, mostly did not exclude those people. So, the author of II John took that personally, and wrote the warning, which tells people not to deny that Jesus was a real person.
    • Texasescimo
      Great! So just because Jesus was the last one mentioned in the first sentence, does not mean he is the subject in the second sentence, right?___ . (2 John 7) For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. ___ Cannot be understood as: Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

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