walk in the word
13I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 14And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. —1 John 5:13-15
The apostle John didn’t leave us guessing. “Hey John, why did you write this letter?” Read his answer above again. “ I write these things . . . so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
You can know it. People say, “I think it’s kind of arrogant when people claim they know they’re going to heaven.” No, it’s not arrogant. It’s biblical. If God wants you to know, it’s okay to know. The Holy Spirit inspired John to write so “that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Which begs this question: What things? In this letter, John included five marks of an authentic Christian; five clues that reveal those “who believe.” I’m going to summarize them and we will look at each one in the days to come.
These are John’s five marks of authenticity. I trust you will be challenged to pursue them and encouraged to find them in your life as you trust in Christ.
Prayer – Father, thank You not only for the promise of transformation in Your Son, but also for the personal details of Your work in me so I can track my progress and allow You to correct my failures. Thank You for the deep thrill of knowing I have eternal life, not by any merit of my own, but fully and freely given to me by You. And I’m so very thankful to Your Son, Jesus, who made all this possible. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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