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They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:19 were not of us. Those who once professed to believe in Christ and the doctrines of Christianity, but then renounced the faith and began to manifest the spirit of antichrist, are thereby proved never to have had true saving faith in Christ at all. All who truly believe and are saved will continue in the faith forever.

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