The point of John’s letter is not for us to doubt if we are the LORD’s, but to verify that we are His!
1. to prove the truth of, as by evidence or testimony; confirm; substantiate.
2. to ascertain the truth or correctness of, as by examination, research, or comparison.
3. to act as ultimate proof or evidence of; serve to confirm.
1 John 5:1-11 can be summed up in this way:
- We love God because He first loved us (4:10).
- Because God loves us, we trust Him when He tells us that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One (Matthew 3:17).
- Believing God enough to trust Him with our lives is His command for us (John 6:29).
When we love God and have His Spirit within us, we know that He loves His children; we want to be like Him, so we learn to love His children, as well. This motivation is the key element that drives the children of God. It overrides even our deepest hatreds and resentments. Why? Because we have a new heart; our old hearts were replaced with new ones when Christ entered into our lives. His Spirit gives us both the desire and the power to love His children like He loves them:
- with patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control;
- by always telling the truth, but done in love and gentleness;
- by humbly holding each other accountable concerning sin in our lives;
- By always striving and never giving up (we may grow tired, but He gives us the strength we need when we need it).
The testimony of God is this: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son, Jesus Christ (v.11).
Verse 12 gives us Salvation Test #10:
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Test #10 Do you have Jesus in your heart and life?
As I said at the beginning, the point of John’s letter is not for us to doubt if we are the LORD’s, but to verify that we are His!
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.
If we trust Jesus everyday to lead us and to teach us, then these tests reinforce our relationship with Him. People who doubt their salvation have not learned to trust the Father-through the Son-via the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. It’s time to put verses 14-15 into practice and approach God asking for our brothers and sisters to learn to trust Him. Verses 16-17 tell us to lead each other out of sin and into life. We can do that.
There is one more Salvation test and it has to do with verse 18: “We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.”
Test #11 When you sin, do you feel conviction from the Spirit?
Jesus gives conviction, not condemnation. He is always specific, never general. He encourages; He never discourages. But, we MUST do what He says. We must trust Him enough to believe He has our best interests at heart. He IS God, ya know!
Verses 19-21 give us an overview of our Christian walk:
- Satan is in control of this earth.
- Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world.
- We have come to understand that our citizenship is in heaven with Him (Philippians 3:20-21).
- We trust in God alone and we forsake idols (they draw us away from trusting God).
Our Mantra: Jesus First
Folks, we MUST remind ourselves of God’s truths everyday. We must recite them until we know them so well that we never doubt them. Are you willing to put in the time to know them that well? I sure hope so! I pray that you do.
Abba, I pray for my readers that they would seek Your face everyday in Your graphe (the written word), so that they may logos (know, comprehend, understand) their source of power (God) against their enemy (the devil). May they use the rhema (spoken word of God) to its fullest advantage by memorizing Scripture and then quoting it during temptation, during trials and tribulations, during praise and adoration, during good times and bad, during celebration and tragedy. May we learn to plunge the dagger of Your Word into the proverbial chest of the enemy. Make it so, LORD Jesus, make it so! Amen.