2 John 1:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 John 1:7, NIV: I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.

2 John 1:7, ESV: For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.

2 John 1:7, KJV: For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

2 John 1:7, NASB: For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

2 John 1:7, NLT: I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist.

2 John 1:7, CSB: Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

What does 2 John 1:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse begins a new section, extending through verse 11, which discusses false teachers. John begins by stating that there were not a few, but "many" deceitful teachers. In addition, they are not all in one place, but are spread out among "the world." John's words were words of warning and caution.

John then defines the attributes of these deceivers. First, they "do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh." These false teachers claimed that Jesus came to earth spiritually, perhaps as an enlightened one, but was not a human like other people. This is false, as Scripture teaches Jesus was born of a virgin, with a physical body like that of any other human being. If Jesus was not a real person, He could not have physically died and resurrected. Both the humanity and deity of Christ are an essential part of His being. This is why John taught those who denied Christ's humanity are, "the deceiver and the antichrist." They were speaking lies and were literally against Christ.