“Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”
Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either;
John now employs a universal statement – “whoever.” There are no exceptions to believing in Jesus Christ for salvation. If a person denies the Son, there is no question that he does not have a relationship with the Father. One goes with the other. If you reject the Son, you reject the Father.
he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also
The word “acknowledge” is a synonym to the word believe. Only by believing in the Son’s suffering for our sin can we receive redemption from the Father.
There are no exceptions to God’s exclusive way to heaven.
Many who defect from Christianity were never true believers in the first place. Now they put off their appearance of biblical Christianity. They revert to type. They were not sheep but dogs and pigs all along.
2 Pe 2:22, “But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.’”
Every antichrist system at work in the world today assaults the deity of Christ. These systems do come in the form of religion. That makes it very deceptive for the naive who believe that religion is always good.
God says that we cannot have the Father without the Son. There is no equivocation in this. Not all roads lead to Rome biblically. Jesus is the only road to heaven (Jn 14:6).
Ac 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Any religious system that denies either the deity or the humanity of Christ is from Satan and his religious scheme. There is no exception to God’s plan for salvation in Christ’s finished work on the cross.
If we do not accept this, we forfeit any relationship to the Father. To reject the Son is to reject the Father. We cannot believe in God without believing in Jesus. If we deny the Lord, we incur eternal damnation. This will cost us eternal life. This is a matter of eternal life and eternal death.
2 Pe 2:1, “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.”
Jude 4, “For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.”