I John 5-September 19, 2012
Whoever believes that Jesus is God’s Son loves the Father and also the Son. As God’s children through faith it is necessary that we love one another and keep His commandments. It’s not the same is keeping the law, it is obeying the Father, and therefore a family matter. It is not a burden to keep them because those who are born of God have overcome the world through faith. It is faith the Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We can know and have certainty about who He is and who we are in Him.
How can we know for certain? John’s letter tells us because of reliable witnesses. Who are these reliable witnesses? The Father gave testimony through the water at His baptism. This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. The cross of Christ also bears witness to His identity. Lastly, the Spirit bears witness because the Spirit is truth. The three, the Spirit, the water, and the blood are in agreement. In the time of Jesus two or three witnesses were required to give exacting testimony to the validity of the statement. All three are in complete agreement that Jesus is the Son of God. What better witnesses could one have?
It is striking that in spite of these witnesses that there are those who will not receive as truth their testimony. It is interesting that many seem far more willing to trust the testimony of men or the world than what God testifies concerning His Son. If the witness of man is important how much more is the witness of God concerning His Son. Choosing not to believe the witness of God concerning His Son is the same as calling Him a liar. He cannot rule and reign in our lives if we believe Him to be a liar.
The witness bears out further that those who acknowledge Him as God’s Son can have eternal life. Eternal life is in His Son and not an external thing that can be accomplished by works but by receiving Him as He is the Son of God, and allowing His life to be lived through us. He who has the Son has life and the one who does not have the Son does not have life. John wrote this letter that we may know that we have eternal life. It would be awful to only acknowledge with our lips but neglect the true peace that comes from knowing who’s we are in Christ.
We can have confidence to come asking Him in prayer. This pattern of coming to Him in prayer also helps us to be continually connected to Him in intimacy. We should also pray for our brothers that they do not fall into sin that leads to death. We will pray for the needs of others, their health, their families, but often we do not pray for their souls. It would be important to pray always for one another in the big and small things of life.
God keeps and protects those that are His own even though the rest of the world may be controlled by the power of the evil one. We can have confidence that we are His. He has come that we can understand He is truly God’s Son and that by trusting in Him we can have eternal life. So don’t be led astray by the things of the world that prop themselves up as god but are only temporary things without true life or breath that gives eternal life.