April 17, 2019
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1 John 5:13-21
Paul states clearly, “But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: The Lord knows those who are his” (2 Tim. 2:19). 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 (Matt. 7:21-23). 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.