Verses Evangelicals Ignore or Explain Away: 1 John 2:27

Verse #2:

1 John 2:27:

The Anointing which you have received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. As that same anointing teaches you about everything, and is true and not a lie, just as it has taught you, you will remain in him.


Ignored (mostly)

Ignored by Whom?

Everyone except the charismatics, who misinterpret this verse. (Church of England exempted because I don’t know much about them, and I don’t know if they are “evangelicals” anyway. Let’s leave them out as not American and outside my scope of knowledge.)


1 John 2:27 has been abused by people who have applied it to themselves individually, thinking that they do not need to be taught. Every “you” in 1 John 2:27 is plural; none are singular. 1 John 2:27 is a promise to the local church, which has teachers to instruct its members, but which does not need to be taught by anyone because it is taught by the Anointing.

That’s why the church can be the pillar and support of the truth, because it is led by the Anointing that is “true and not a lie.”

In overreaction to the charismatics, everyone else ignores this verse, not having any idea what to do with it after its abuse in so many circles. The Roman Catholics, of course, apply this verse to their “magisterium,” or teaching authority. We Protestants are called that because we protest the Roman Catholic claim to teaching authority because what they have been led to is obviously not, at least in our eyes, “the truth and not a lie.”


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2 Responses to Verses Evangelicals Ignore or Explain Away: 1 John 2:27

  1. Buckstop77 says:

    My take on I John 2:27: In much of this letter, John is warning the church about gnosticism. As I understand it, gnostics taught that only certain “enlightened” ones had the deeper understanding of the things of God. In this verse, I believe John was telling the church that no one needs a medium to know God because believers have the Holy Spirit.

    Thanks for pointing out the plural form of “you” in I John. That helps.

    • paulfpavao says:

      You can use the KJV to find singular/plural yous. Thou, thee, and thy are singular (not holy, singular). Ye, you, and your are plural. Don’t have to know Greek! Just open a KJV.

      I agree with what you say. WE can be taught by the Holy Spirit. It will protect us from seducers and cunning deceivers practicing sleight of hand with the Scriptures.

      Such a great promise to the local church, and most people don’t know about it. Those who do misapply it. I’ve seen it work repeatedly.

      What to do? Cry out to God, then follow him!

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