16 For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life, which is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the concupiscence thereof: but he that doth the will of God, abideth for ever. 18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are become many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us. For if they had been of us, they would no doubt have remained with us; but that they may be manifest, that they are not all of us. 20 But you have the unction from the Holy One, and know all things
I’m a tad confused with this paragraph, as I was reading it, I started imagining that John was warning of the divisions in the Church.
I’m probably reading this wrong and I’d appreciate if someone told me what this really means. Let me tell you what I think John is saying.
They went out from us, but the were not of us: They were part of our Church, but really they weren’t because they were separating themselves,
Then I believe that John is saying that The Church (us) has the blessing from Jesus (Holy Spirit) therefore we KNOW how to discern what is true in the faith.
Please correct my faulty interpretation.