Dear children, this is the last hour;1 and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming,2 even now many antichrists have come.3 This is how we know it is the last hour.
They went out from us,4 but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.520
But you have an anointing6 from the Holy One,7 and all of you know the truth.a821
I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it9 and because no lie comes from the truth.
Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Messiah.b Such a person is the antichrist--denying the Father and the Son.1023
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.1124
As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning12 remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.1325
And this is what he promised us--eternal life.1426
I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.1527
As for you, the anointing16 you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things17 and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him.18