19 [a]They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, [b]they should have continued with us. [c]But this cometh to pass, that it might appear, that they are not all of us.

20 [d]But ye have an [e]ointment from that [f]Holy one, and know all things.

21 [g]I have not written unto you, because ye know not the truth: but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

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  1. 1 John 2:19 A digression against certain offenses and stumbling blocks, whereat that rude age especially might stumble and be shaken. Therefore that they should not be terrified with the soul falling back of certain, first he maketh plain unto them, that although such as fall from God and his religion, had place in the Church, yet they were never of the Church, because the Church is the company of the elect which cannot perish, and therefore cannot fall from Christ.
  2. 1 John 2:19 So then the elect can never fall from grace.
  3. 1 John 2:19 Secondly, he showeth that these things fall out to the profit of the Church, that hypocrites may be plainly known.
  4. 1 John 2:20 Thirdly, he comforteth them to make them stand fast, insomuch as they are anointed by the holy Ghost with the true knowledge of salvation.
  5. 1 John 2:20 The grace of the holy Ghost, and this is a borrowed kind of speech taken from the anointings used in the Law.
  6. 1 John 2:20 From Christ who is peculiarly called holy.
  7. 1 John 2:21 The taking away of an objection. He wrote not these things as to men which are ignorant of religion, but rather as to them which do well know the truth, yet so far forth that they are able to discern truth from falsehood.

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