April 17, 2019
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1 John 5:1-12
In regard to assurance of salvation, there is one dangerous teaching circulating among Christendom which claims, “One can be confident that one has not thrown away that grace (through sacraments) by simply examining one’s life and seeing whether one has committed mortal sin.” This Bishop continues, “Indeed, the tests that John sets forth in his first epistle to help us know whether we are abiding in grace are, in essence, tests of whether we are dwelling in grave sin.” Is that John’s purpose? What is important to understand is that assurance is not based centrally on us, but rather on Jesus Christ’s person and work.
Actually, John’s purpose in writing this epistle is to confirm that salvation is according to the determined will and plan of God alone. The instrument is through the work of Jesus the Son of God who came in flesh to take away sin (3:5) and to destroy the works of the devil (3:8). Therefore, this fact makes Jesus Christ the central character for our confidence.