7553 - Faith in Whom

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It’s such a joy to have you join us.

In our study of 1 John we are now in chapter 5. Let’s read verses 4 and 5 since they overlap in thought.

“For everyone born of God has overcome the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

In our last study in God’s Word we discussed verse 4, which tells us that our victory over the world comes by reason of our faith. The requirement of faith was emphasized.

Today we want to expand on that thought by finding in whom we must place our faith?

As you look around at society, in whom do they place their faith?

Perhaps the first answer would be, “They have faith in themselves. They may be well educated. Have good jobs. Drive nice cars and live in fine houses. “They are self-sufficient.” Some of these have not been brought face-to-face with death so they haven’t given eternity much thought. In their actions they are their own God.

There’s another segment of society who have thought about death and they are exploring the options. They may investigate meditation. The idea is to control your thoughts so you can be ‘good,’ or even be master over your body. But experience would testify this offers no assurance for the future.

Still others have faith in their riches. We read about many rich people who have died, greatly distressed because as they faced death they realized their money gave them no peace about eternity.

Oh friend, the examples could go on and on. We believe the Bible is the only source for truth in regard to consideration about eternity.

In Romans 10 (vv2-3) we read: “...their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”

This passage explains the actions of many people. They resist God’s plan for life and refuse to come under His authority. In their rational consideration they dream up a way in which they think they should be able to impress God with their righteousness or goodness.

This is the foundation for the religions of the world. They all rely upon good deeds in order to please or impress God.

The big omission is that they didn’t check with God. They could have opened His book, the Bible, and found these words of instruction from God in Isaiah 64:6: “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.

Yes, dear one, God is never impressed by our independent attitude in which we seek to please Him in some way by our own doings.

But there is good news. There is a righteousness, which God has decreed. That truth is clearly spoken in the verse under study today. 1 John 5:5 tells us: “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

There were skeptics and independent people when John penned these words for God. Many of them ignored the truth sent to the world by God through John. They passed at death into eternal suffering because of their own wrong choice.

We must pay attention to God’s plan for righteousness. From Romans 10:9-10 these words give the answer. “...if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

You see, it matters in whom you place your faith. You may have great faith in an idol, and die apart from God; but, you may have shaky faith in Jesus Christ and enter a heavenly eternity.

Jesus Christ is the only worthy candidate in whom you must place your faith.