7571 - Secure in Jesus


Audio transcript

As John closes out his first letter, he reviews three affirmations meant to strengthen the heart and walk of believers.

Today we focus on the third of these. 1 John 5:20 tells us:
“We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true –– even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

The first foundational truth in this verse is that we know that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, came to this earth as the Bible states.

A second truth follows close behind, and that is John’s assurance that this Holy One, Son of God, who came to earth has done a marvelous work within our comprehension. The visible, human life of Jesus Christ unwrapped the character and nature of God to mankind in an understandable way. He visibly demonstrated God’s character to us through His life. Thus the concept of a God who is removed from mankind, who is a distant God, was shattered as Jesus touched people, laughed with them, cried with them. Jesus made God known to the human race (John 1:18).

The purpose for which the Son of God came to earth to reveal God, was that mere human beings might actually experience a close, intimate relationship with the true God. By the work and life of Jesus we are afforded an opportunity to personally know the one who encompasses eternal Truth.

This revealed truth relates to what 2 Corinthians 4 (vv 3,4,6) tells us. “...even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The God of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness.” made his light shine in our hearts to give us “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”

So we see that it’s necessary for the Holy Spirit to make truth known in the heart of any unbeliever so that he may comprehend the truth of this glorious gospel message. Only then may they choose to accept a personal relationship with Triune God.
The next truth is that every believer knows that he abides in God the Son, and that He is personified truth. That’s the only foundation upon which a Christian may live the Christian life so that others see and desire what is available.

Then John affirms for the last time in this Epistle that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Oh friend, we must know that we know this truth. This is a point John affirms many times in these pages. He is so strong in this truth that he has previously said (2:23) that, “No one who denies the Son has the Father.” And (4:15) “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.”

This links up with the sixth point of this verse: namely that Jesus is true God himself. Here again John emphasizes that we know this as believers.

Yes, this is another point of truth which the false teachers through the centuries have sought to cast doubt Let us stand firm in knowing truth.

The final point in this verse is to re-emphasize that Jesus Christ is eternal life. Jesus is the only source of eternal life. As we’re told in Acts 4:12, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” John refutes the error that ‘all roads lead to heaven.’

With affirmations such as God gives us through the Apostle John, we should be very secure in Christ.