1, 2, &3 John – God and Love
Every organization, club, government has rules and regulations. These rules and policies change and bend for the powerful and influential. You think you know how to “play the game”, ah, but then the rules change and you are at a loss as to what is reality and what is just an illusion. That’s the world.
But not so, with God. What He says in His Word is Truth and will never change, no matter how mankind tries to manipulate it. Jesus Christ, the son of God, came to earth to show us Who God really is, how He works and how He loves. He then became the perfect lamb of sacrifice to pay the debt of ALL our sin. Done. Finished. Complete. John takes us further, clarifying, to those of us who believe so that there is NO shadow of doubt in where we are headed. Read and be as blessed as I am this morning!
1 John 5, The Message
13-15 My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God’s Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.
16-17 For instance, if we see a Christian believer sinning (clearly I’m not talking about those who make a practice of sin in a way that is “fatal,” leading to eternal death), we ask for God’s help and he gladly gives it, gives life to the sinner whose sin is not fatal. There is such a thing as a fatal sin, and I’m not urging you to pray about that. Everything we do wrong is sin, but not all sin is fatal.
18-21 We know that none of the God-begotten makes a practice of sin—fatal sin. The God-begotten are also the God-protected. The Evil One can’t lay a hand on them. We know that we are held firm by God; it’s only the people of the world who continue in the grip of the Evil One. And we know that the Son of God came so we could recognize and understand the truth of God—what a gift!—and we are living in the Truth itself, in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. This Jesus is both True God and Real Life. Dear children, be on guard against all clever facsimiles.
What do we learn and can rely on?
–We who believe have eternal life. No doubt. No fear. No worry.
–We who believe, because of Jesus, can walk boldly into the throne room of Our Father in Heaven, ask anything, and HE LISTENS!
–When we ask for God’s help…HE GIVES IT!
–We are God-protected, the evil one can’t lay a hand on us!
–Jesus is Truth, came to show Truth so that we can live a real life in Truth.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for John’s words to us from Your inspiration to him. Thank you for the confidence to know you listen when we pray and sometimes cry out to you for help. We love you with all our hearts, minds and souls. We do indeed believe. Help us to see You around every corner today and in every detail. Help us to see Truth.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.