An Overview First John reveals unrest in the early church. False teachers were leading many saints astray from the truth (see 1 John 2:26
; 1 John 37
). The erring caused such stirs in the churches of Christ that splits occurred and they eventually left the faithful (see 1 John 2:18-19
). Whether these erring brethren were Gnostics, opinion driven people, or those who invented religious ideas that became their personal convicted truths matters not. What mattered to John, as he wrote by divine inspiration, was that the true child of God let the anointing from the Holy One abide in their hearts (i.e., absolute divine revelation or truth) (see 1 John 2:20
). John wrote, "And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abides in you, and ye need not that any one teach you; but as his anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is...