In 1 John 2:15-29 we come to an event which has profoundly shaken the confidence of the believers, and which may well be the reason why John wrote. Some of their number had left them, denying Christ and trying to lead them astray. And the question they are facing is, What does this mean?
John offers several answers:
- It means that they allowed themselves to love the world instead of God
- It means that they were following an invented Jesus
- It means that it is God who holds on to us, and not we to him