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January 27, 2022 - Pastor's Corner

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Dear Church Family,

This is our final week in 1 John, and we know the key verse of 1 John is 5:13 is, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” From that verse we derive the main theme of John’s letter, which is Certainty of Faith in Jesus Christ and Our Subsequent Practice. John addresses this assurance in multiple ways using contrasts, direct statements, and three specific areas of Christian living—moral (obedience), social (love), and theological (Jesus is the God-man).

In this final week, we see John drives home the truth of assurance and he issues an appropriate challenge. So, take a moment and read afresh 5:18-21, and come back to meditate on the following brief insights:

  • In verse 18, we are assured true Christians do not continue living in rebellion to God because God has taken up residence in us and keeps us His. God does not allow us to be comfortable in our sin, and we actively seek to obey Him. The evil one has no real power over us; he cannot touch or remove the certainty of us belonging to God. This thought informs verse 19…
  • In verse 19, we are assured we belong to God because the rhythm of our lives is in direct opposition to the world. We are not held captive by Satan to do his will, to live in rebellion to God. Yes, Christians do sin. But what do we do after we sin? According to 1 John 1:9, we confess our sin, which means we say the same thing God says about our sin and we repent of it; we leave it behind us and prove ourselves “innocent in the matter” (2 Cor 7:11). This means our sin does not define us, rather who we are in Christ is our identity. This thought informs verse 20…
  • In verse 20, we are assured Jesus came to make us His and to understand what that means. He has revealed Himself to be God and that He Himself is life. Jesus has given repentant sinners His life; He has taken up residence in us for He is eternal life.
  • Therefore, in verse 21, John says don’t derive our assurance of life from anything or anyone other than Jesus, the Son of God. In John’s mind, the very fact of Jesus being the God-man is sufficient motivation for Christians to make this the resolute position of our hearts. Jesus Himself is enough to call Christians to fidelity to Him. How is our faithfulness to Jesus doing in all areas of our lives?

Finally, as promised, the next Bible book we will focus on in the Pastor’s Corner is Colossians. So, please read this entire letter to prepare for our time together next week.

Grace and peace be to you,

Pastor Melvin