We finally reached the end of 1 John at the Wednesday homegroup last week – a wonderful letter but more challenging (in several ways) than we might first think. In his closing words John focuses (again) on a number of truths Christians can know with certainty.
John writes that the primary purpose of his gospel is “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His Name” (20v31). He then builds on this foundation in his first letter as he tells us: “I write these things to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (5v13).
So belief first – totally and only in Jesus Christ, the Son of God – leading to boldness in knowing that we have eternal life (both now and forever) – and this flows into and from Godly behaviour. When I say ‘into and from’ this is because John says that “anyone born of God does not continue to sin” (5v18) and “we know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands” (2v3).
Paul wrote to Timothy: “I know Whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day” (2 Timothy 1v12). May God enable each of us to be so convinced.
Peace and Grace
PS – The three b’s above could equally be three c’s: commitment, confidence and conduct