7563 - You May Know


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We’re so glad you’ve joined us today for a short study in God’s Word.

Studying through the First Letter of John the word ‘know’ is used 33 times. Spend a few moments in this study and you will understand that the Apostle John has in mind the objective of bringing these first century Christians to a firm assurance of their faith in Jesus Christ. Of course 1 John is written so Christians of any century can be convinced that they truly abide in Christ and are on the way to heaven.

One of the reasons for John’s concern over the Church was the large number of false teaches who were teaching heresy in the last part of the first century. This was a very real threat to the Church. As God prompted those who wrote the New Testament books, seven of the nine authors gave warning of these false teachers and their erroneous doctrines.

You may be aware that the plague of false teachers has not let up through the years. The devil uses this tool to war against truth in the body of Christ.
Because of these facts John is consciously seeking to alert the people to the errors, and to bring them to have firm roots in Christ so that the Church would be healthy and effective in service to Christ. Thus, John is driving home the truth that a Christian may be certain about his relationship with Christ.

Do you think God wants His children to have this assurance? That’s the reason He uses John to emphasize this truth. Think for a moment, can a believer who has no assurance of his relationship with the Lord be effective in sharing the gospel message with outsiders? Of course he can’t because his fears and uncertainty will be evident to those with whom he shares. Certainty and assurance are infectious in sharing with those who need to know Jesus.

The key verse we focus on today is 1 John 5:13 which says, “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.”

This verse is addressed to those who believe in Jesus Christ. They have an active, faith relationship with Him. And the point John emphasizes here is that you know that you are on the way to heaven. He doesn’t want you to hope you’re on your way. He doesn’t want us to be uncertain. He wants every Christian to know that they know that they have eternal life and to know that nothing can break that relationship which began the moment that faith was placed in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

You see, those who are uncertain are ready targets for false teachers who bring false doctrine to tickle the ears of such unstable people. And God wants stable, excited children in His family.

In this book there are three proof points, which when they are visible in your life, they shout to you that you really are a Christian.

Let’s check these three proof points. In 3:24 and again in 4:13 John says that anytime we see the evidence that the Holy Spirit is living and working in and through us we know that He lives in us. Often we should be aware that a special measure of joy or peace in the midst of trials is a fruit of the Spirit and is not a natural product of the human nature. When you are made aware of such displays of the Spirit’s work, just rejoice and give Him credit.

The second proof-point is a high level of obedience. 1 John 2:3 says: “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. Obedience gives assurance we are His and He is ours. A believer does not live a lifestyle of habitual sin.

And the third proof-point is a love for the brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. Much of Chapter Four is devoted to this assurance.

Oh friend, may every believer know without a doubt that they have eternal life in Christ.