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John 1:9 - Anyone who does not abide in the teaching of Christ does not have God

NIV Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
KJV Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
NASB Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.
2 John 1:9

Commentary

A failure to be faithful to the fundamental, sound doctrines of the faith (a proper view of the person and work of Christ, love, obedience) marks a person as having never been born again (1 John 2:23; 3:6-10; 4:20,21; 5:1-3). The word "abide" has the idea of constant adherence and warns that these fundamentals are not open to change or subject to the latest trends or philosophical fads.

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (2 Jn 9). Nashville: Word Pub.

"Transgresses" (Gk. parabainĊ, lit. "run ahead of" or "go before") was used by John sarcastically to criticize the teachers who claimed they had advanced knowledge of Jesus Christ and thus appeared to "run ahead" of the truth spiritually.


Thomas Nelson, I. (1997, c1995). Woman's study Bible . (2 Jn 9). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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