“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”
Trinitarians insist that the antecedent to the word “this” refers back to Christ in the previous sentence. They need to be consistent in their rule of interpretation, but they know they cannot because they will see the implications of using their own standard all the time.
“For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. THIS is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 Jn. 1:7).
By using the logic of the trinitarian ruling, they would have to say Christ is a deceiver and an antichrist!
“Who 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” (1 John 2:22).
What we end up with is absurd if we use trinitarian logic, that Christ is the antichrist and Christ denies the Father and the Son!
Looking at the context of 1 John chapter 5 – it is about God the Father who alone is the TRUE GOD. The Son comes to give us understanding so that we might know “HIM” [God] who is true.
Who is the “true God?”
2Ch_15:3 “Now for a long season Israel was without the TRUE GOD, and without a teaching priest, and without law:”
Jer_10:10 “But JEHOVAH IS THE TRUE GOD; he is the living God, and an everlasting King: at his wrath the earth trembleth, and the nations are not able to abide his indignation.”
Joh_17:3 “And this is everlasting life, that they may KNOW YOU, the ONLY TRUE GOD, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”
1Th_1:9 “For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how ye turned unto God from idols, to serve a living and TRUE GOD.“
1Jn_5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we know him [GOD] that IS TRUE, and we are in him [GOD] that IS TRUE, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the TRUE GOD, and eternal life.
Reading the context of 1 John chapter 5 and the whole counsel of scripture, there is no doubt that God the Father is the ONLY TRUE GOD. We know Him [GOD] and we are in Him [GOD], just the same as Jesus is in union with GOD, the Father, who is the only true God.
John does not say Jesus the Messiah is the only true God. Trinitarians use John and wickedly twist his own words to try and prove an idolatrous trinity doctrine never taught by him.