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2 John 1:9

9 Everyone who 1goes beyond and does not abide in the 2teaching of Christ does anot have God; he who abides in the teaching, he 3has both the Father and the Son.


91 Lit., leads forward (in a negative sense); i.e., goes further than what is right, advances beyond the limit of orthodox teaching concerning Christ. This is in contrast to abiding in the teaching of Christ. The Cerinthian Gnostics, who boasted of their advanced thinking concerning the teaching of Christ, practiced this. They went beyond the teaching of the divine conception of Christ, thus denying the deity of Christ. Consequently, they could not have God in salvation and in life.