1 John 2:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 John 2:22, NIV: Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist--denying the Father and the Son.

1 John 2:22, ESV: Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 2:22, KJV: Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

1 John 2:22, NASB: Who is the liar except the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

1 John 2:22, NLT: And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist.

1 John 2:22, CSB: Who is the liar, if not the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This one is the antichrist: the one who denies the Father and the Son.

What does 1 John 2:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

John next defines the kind of liar he has in mind: someone who denies that Jesus is the Christ, meaning the Messiah. The concept of a liar is mentioned four other times in this letter (1 John 1:10; 2:4; 4:20; 5:10). A liar denies Jesus is the Savior. A liar may acknowledge some aspects of who Jesus is, but does not accept the true message of Jesus as both fully human and fully divine.

After mentioning "antichrists" in verse 18, John adds that an antichrist denies the Father and Son. One noted aspect of an antichrist, or false teacher, in this verse, is that the false teacher denies the triune God. Many religious groups accept God the Father or Jesus or the Holy Spirit, but not all three persons as the one triune God. Any religion that accepts Jesus as something less than eternal God, fully human and divine, is a false religion and fits the description of false teachers called antichrists in this passage.