Continuing on the passage about Heretics, John appeals to Christ followers to know the truth. “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” (1 John 2:20-21)
As Christ followers, we have been anointed by God. “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (1 Cor 1:21-22) The Holy Spirit within us reveals God’s truth to us. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26)
John reminds us that there is no possible harmony between a lie and the truth. “I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” (1 Jn 2:21) There are no gray areas in life; that a thing is either black (a lie) or it is white (the truth), and there are no gray areas, though there may be a mingling of black with white. There’s no such thing as a “white lie”; a lie comes from darkness.
Every Christian has an ability to exercise moral judgment to distinguish right from wrong. Too many Christians have not learned this yet and still go on echoing the lie of the world, that there can be a blending of truth and error. John utterly cuts the ground out from under that. To paraphrase, John says “I wrote to you because you have found this out, if you know Jesus Christ. You may not have thought through the implications, but you must know that there is no possibility of blending a lie with the truth”. We can’t blend earthly wisdom with God’s wisdom and truth (James 3:13-18).
One of the glorious things about God’s secret purpose, which is the restoring of the life of God to the spirit of man, is that it also reestablishes standards of absolute values and makes moral judgments possible. It shifts us from control by a conscience of convenience to control by a conscience of conviction. These days we are hearing much about “situational ethics” and relativism in the realm of moral judgments. John is saying, “No more”. Now you know the One who is the truth, and you cannot get by so easily any more.
Sooner or later you must explain your actions to Him (Rom 14:12), and all those wonderful excuses that went over so smoothly with our spouse or friends sound very lame when repeated to Him. We will start stammering before the Lord, and pretty soon will stop, because, as John says, “No lie is of the truth”, and we know that now. Jesus said, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.” (Matt 12:36)
We are to give heed to these things; and begin to examine the philosophies around us, the suggestions and explanations of life that are presented to us. We are to measure them according to God’s truth. “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.” (Prov 1:5) John is telling us to listen to the Word of God, unfolded by the Spirit of God, in order that we might understand the world in which we live, how He intends us to function and react to situations. Will we let Him teach us to depend no longer upon the false sense of ability that we’ve lived on all our life, and instead renounce that and rely instead upon His life within? That is why John is writing. He writes these things, he says, because he knows the necessary equipment is there. Now we are to use it!
Father, help me to understand the truth as it is in Christ. Help me to turn from every siren voice that beckons me away from Him and to bring all the things I discover, all experiences, all reasonings, to Him.
Source: No Gray Areas by Ray Steadman