When comparing John’s Gospel to this letter, we find several similarities, particularly the one where he tells us the reason for writing the letter. It comes at the end of the greatest part of the Gospel where Jesus, after rising from the dead, appeared to His disciples. John says,
“But these things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31
In John’s letter, he writes:
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
The question we ask in order to know is this, “Do you walk with Jesus daily?” Another way to ask it is, “Do you commune with the Holy Spirit constantly?” If the answer is yes, then we KNOW that we are saved and are enjoying the fruit of that relationship, which is His love, His joy, His peace, along with patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
If the answer is no, then we must first look at our salvation experience and make sure that we belong to Him:
- Did He come to you and ask you to let Him be LORD of your life? Or, did you think it was a good idea, do it because others were doing it, or do it because it was the expected thing to do?
- Did you understand that it was a lifetime commitment? Or, were you simply afraid of going to hell (that’s called, “fire insurance”)?
- Do you check with Him before every decision? Or, do you still run your life?
- Do you grow daily by reading His Word and communing with Him? Or, is your time your own to do with as you please?
John wrote that we may KNOW that we have eternal life. Do you have the Son? If He is your LORD, then you have life. If He is NOT your LORD, then get Him today! He is asking right now for you to let Him into your life and allow Him to be your LORD. But, we must be ready to give Him everything, everyday, from now on. Oh, how He wants to commune with us!
“Call to me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 (referred to as God’s telephone number)
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and sup with him and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20