1 John 2:23
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New International Version
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

New Living Translation
Anyone who denies the Son doesn't have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

English Standard Version
No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.

New American Standard Bible
Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.

King James Bible
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
No one who denies the Son can have the Father; he who confesses the Son has the Father as well.

International Standard Version
No one who denies the Son has the Father. The person who acknowledges the Son also has the Father.

NET Bible
Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. The person who confesses the Son has the Father also.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who denies The Son also does not believe in The Father; whoever confesses The Son confesses The Father also.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Everyone who rejects the Son doesn't have the Father either. The person who acknowledges the Son also has the Father.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Whosoever denies the Son, the same does not have the Father. Whosoever confesses the Son, has the Father also.

King James 2000 Bible
Whosoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: [but] he that confesses the Son has the Father also.

American King James Version
Whoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: he that acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

American Standard Version
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that confesseth the Son hath the Father also.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. He that confesseth the Son, hath the Father also.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoever denies the Son has not the Father either; he who confesses the Son has the Father also.

English Revised Version
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that confesseth the Son hath the Father also.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

Weymouth New Testament
No one who disowns the Son has the Father. He who acknowledges the Son has also the Father.

World English Bible
Whoever denies the Son, the same doesn't have the Father. He who confesses the Son has the Father also.

Young's Literal Translation
every one who is denying the Son, neither hath he the Father, he who is confessing the Son hath the Father also.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:18-23 Every man is an antichrist, who denies the Person, or any of the offices of Christ; and in denying the Son, he denies the Father also, and has no part in his favour while he rejects his great salvation. Let this prophecy that seducers would rise in the Christian world, keep us from being seduced. The church knows not well who are its true members, and who are not, but thus true Christians were proved, and rendered more watchful and humble. True Christians are anointed ones; their names expresses this: they are anointed with grace, with gifts and spiritual privileges, by the Holy Spirit of grace. The great and most hurtful lies that the father of lies spreads in the world, usually are falsehoods and errors relating to the person of Christ. The unction from the Holy One, alone can keep us from delusions. While we judge favourably of all who trust in Christ as the Divine Saviour, and obey his word, and seek to live in union with them, let us pity and pray for those who deny the Godhead of Christ, or his atonement, and the new-creating work of the Holy Ghost. Let us protest against such antichristian doctrine, and keep from them as much as we may.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - Every one who denieth the Son not only does that, but οὐδέ doth not possess the Father. To deny that Jesus is the Christ is to deny the Son of God, for the Christ is the incarnate Son; and to deny the Son of God is to deny the Father also, for the incarnate Son is the Revelation of the Father; and not only so, but to deny the Son is to cut one's self off from the Father, for "no one knoweth the Father but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him." To emphasize this great truth St. John uses his favourite motive of stating it both negatively and positively. To deny the Son is not to have the Father; to confess the Son is to have the Father (comp. 1 John 1:5, 8; 1 John 2:4, 27; 1 John 3:6; 1 John 4:2, 3, 6, 7, 8; 1 John 5:12). Note the solemn asyndeta. There is not a single connecting particle in verses 22-24; the sentences fall on the ear like minute-guns. "Every one that denieth." There is no exception. Even an apostle, if he denies that Jesus is the Christ. thereby also loses all possession of the Father. The history of philosophy verifies the statement. Deism has ever a tendency to end in pantheism or atheism.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Whosoever denieth the Son,.... Jesus Christ to be the true, proper, natural, essential, and eternal Son of God:

the same hath not the Father; or does not hold the Father; or "believe the Father", as the Syriac version renders it; for there cannot be a father without a son; and he that honours not the Son, by owning him as such, honours not the Father; whatever reflects dishonour on the Son, reflects dishonour on the Father. If Christ is not truly and properly the Son of God, the Father is not truly and properly the Father of Christ; if Christ is only a Son in a figurative and metaphorical sense, the Father is only a Father in a figurative and metaphorical sense; if Christ is a Son only by office, then the Father is a Father only by office, which is monstrously stupid. Such an one does not hold the true doctrine of the Father, and does not appear to have true faith in him, true love unto him, or real interest in him, only by profession:

but he that acknowledgeth the Son, hath the Father also: this clause is left out in many copies, and stands as a supplement in our version; but is in the Alexandrian copy, in four of Beza's manuscripts, and in some others; and in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, and Ethiopic versions; and confirms and illustrates what is before said; for as he that denies the sonship of Christ cannot hold the paternity of God, so he that owns the sonship of Christ, the second Person, maintains the paternity of the first; for these two are correlates, and mutually put, or take away each other: no mention is made of the Spirit, because, as yet, no controversy had risen concerning him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

23. Greek, "Every one who denieth the Son, hath not the Father either" (1Jo 4:2, 3): "inasmuch as God hath given Himself to us wholly to be enjoyed in Christ" [Calvin].

he—that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. These words ought not to be in italics, as though they were not in the original: for the oldest Greek manuscripts have them.

hath—namely, in his abiding possession as his "portion"; by living personal "fellowship."

acknowledgeth—by open confession of Christ.

1 John 2:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Beware of Antichrists
22Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.…
Cross References
John 5:23
that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

John 8:19
Then they asked him, "Where is your father?" "You do not know me or my Father," Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also."

John 16:3
They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.

John 17:3
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

1 John 4:2
This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God,

1 John 4:15
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.

1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.

1 John 5:20
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

2 John 1:9
Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
Treasury of Scripture

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