January 13, 2022 - Pastor's Corner

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Dear Church Family,

Today, we have reached the passage that contains the key verse of 1 John, which is 5:13, “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 this verse we derive the main theme of John’s letter, which is Certainty of Faith in Jesus Christ and Our Subsequent Practice. And we have seen this assurance addressed in multiple ways throughout 1 John through contrasts, direct statements, and three specific areas of Christian living—moral (obedience), social (love), and theological (Jesus is the God-man).

So, take a moment and read afresh 5:13-15, and see our theme in action. Still, although we know the theme of assurance is foremost in these verses, please meditate on why that is true through the following brief insights:

  • John has written this letter to those who are continuously believing in Jesus, who are unwavering in their faith and trust in Him, who are holding fast to the truth of who Jesus is, for the express purpose of assuring us that we are continuously without end in a saving relationship with God through Jesus Christ!
  • Then the apostle explains why we have this assurance: we continuously take God at His word. For God has given us the faith to believe “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1:9). He tells us that “if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (2:1-2). He tells us, “This is the promise that He made to us—eternal life” (2:25). He tells us “…this is His commandment, that we believe in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. Whoever keeps His commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us” (3:23-24). He tells us, “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God” (4:15). And He tells us, “…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” (5:11-12).
  • God tells us in verses 14-15 that if we continuously believe these truths about Jesus that He has revealed through the apostle John, then God uses our continuous faith and trust to strengthen and embolden our confidence in Him and the salvation He’s provided through Jesus alone. This means that with the truth of the gospel, what God has done to achieve our eternal life in and with Him through Jesus, we must reject the ever-bothersome thoughts of doubt that come at times of failure to obey God.

Finally, as always, I encourage you to read ahead to prepare for our time next week—1 John 5:16-17.

Grace and peace be to you,

Pastor Melvin