1 John 5

1 John 5 has the author giving us some straight truth about Christ and God the Father.  “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him”.  It’s pretty simple.  If you believe in Jesus you are a child of God.  But John goes on to describe what our life should look like in regard to being a child of God.  “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome”.

Obedience is definitely an outcome of loving God.  When we receive Christ and become God’s child, our hearts should be impacted and changed in a way that we no longer are drawn to sin but do all we can to put that aside.  Obedience isn’t a burden we carry.  It is a privilege we have.  “For  everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God”?  Faith is our victory.  The power of Christ in us is what enables us to choose not to sin.  That becomes ours when we believe in Jesus.

John goes on to give us two promises that enable us to live in victory.  “This is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life”. It’s as clear as can be from John here about who will spend eternity in heaven.  It’s all about Jesus.  We have a decision to make.  We are all sinners and will stand before God as such and come up short in our efforts to enter heaven on our own merit.  We will fall short.  So our only option is a relationship with the Savior, offered to us freely through God’s grace.  If we receive the shed blood of His Son on the Cross, we can have our own sin covered by His blood and enter heaven.  If not, if we don’t have Jesus in us, we are not going to make it.

God also wants to interact with us as we live. “This is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him”.  God answers prayer.  He promises to not only hear, but act.  That’s a promise that we need to cling to with all we are.  We face a very real enemy who is out to destroy us as Christ Followers.  But “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one”.  We are on the winning side as a follower of Jesus.  We not only know our roots, but the outcome of life.  Jesus died to make that certain and secure!

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