I John 2:27

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The anointing that you received from him remains in you, so that you do not need anyone to teach you.

Do not need anyone to teach you. So maybe I should hang it up. But the irony is: We need a teacher to understand this verse.

The Lord anoints us with divine love through the sacraments. Christ’s love dwells in us, moving us towards God.

The context of this verse from John’s letter: False teachers had tried to confuse everyone, denying the divinity of Christ, and calling good acts evil and evil acts good.

All of us have experienced this, I imagine: ‘Experts’ trying to tell us something that ain’t so. Justifications, based on questionable theories, for deeds that a child can see are wrong.

That is not teaching we need. We want to be taught by the one absolutely bankable expert, namely God. Starts with: Do good. Avoid evil. Do good, and avoid evil. Pretty simple.

What about: ‘Have grand plans and schemes and theories?’ Not necessarily. Probably not. Just do good and avoid evil.

Re-starts with: The Blood of Christ cleanses us of our sins. Moves forward with: Do good; avoid evil; stay humble; love the Lord.


2 thoughts on “I John 2:27

  1. Father Mark,

    Maybe a rephrase: “If you’ve been taught properly, you will have no need of further teachers.” It’s the essential difference between raised in a functional family, versus a dysfunctional one (keeping in mind that there really isn’t such a thing as a fully-functional family). I’ve always been thrilled by the query of the Ethiopian Eunuch to Phillip: “How can I, unless someone instructs me?”


    Acts 8
    * Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
    He replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him.
    This was the scripture passage he was reading:
    “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
    In (his) humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who will tell of his posterity?
    For his life is taken from the earth.”
    Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply, “I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this? About himself, or about someone else?”
    Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this scripture passage, he proclaimed Jesus to him.
    k As they traveled along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water. What is to prevent my being baptized?”


    I’ve spent my life wishing for such an opportunity, but recognizing that when I open my mouth, the words might not come. Phillip was part of God’s plan, and knew that: “When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.” [Luke 12: 11 & 12] I’m not sure that I’m that part (opening the mouth) of the Plan. My part so far has mostly been in being with people. That may be all I’m cut out to do (or be, perhaps). But I’m still yearning.

    As for you: don’t hang it up just yet — for my sake if none other.

    In God we trust.



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