1 John 5:13-21
Paul states clearly, “But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: The Lord knows those who are his” (). Unfortunately, the reality of the Christian life, from God’s viewpoint, may not always be equal to our own perception of the Christian life. Yes, God knows those who are His, yet, through disobedience, immaturity, emotions, lust of the flesh, or even our failure to recall the “exact moment” of our salvation, we live in doubt and fear. Especially in light of the warnings contained in the Scripture against those who claim salvation but are not truly saved (). Does the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ only offer a “hope-so” salvation?
John wrote to a group of believers struggling against the false teachers who were intentionally casting suspicions on the truth of the Gospel, thereby creating confusion, fear, and doubts over the truth of their own salvation. Now, John concludes his letter with the reality that confidence in salvation is not contained in their performance but in what Christ accomplished and which is evidenced by their life. Importantly, our confidence is not dependent on us but on God’s work through Christ in us.
- The certainty of salvation –
- The convincing evidences of salvation –
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19 But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of the Lord depart from iniquity.”
I Never Knew You
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
That You May Know
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.
14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 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.
16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.
18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.