7575 - Backward Glance - Highlights of 1 John

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God’s Word is so valuable. Its compared to gold and silver. Let’s examine the riches of the Word together today.

During the past months we have been engaged in a verse by verse study of the First Epistle of John. In our last study we completed this detailed examination. Today let’s take a backward glance at the major points of truth which John shares.

We have commented how the book of 1 John is so different. In this book John often circles back to a topic which he has discussed before for the purpose of adding an additional truth about that subject, or just to re-emphasize a point of truth.

The major focus is expressed in 1 John 5:13. John 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.” Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit John is seeking to bring every believer to the point of absolute certainty regarding their possession of eternal life.

Its important to have this confident assurance that we are indeed children of God. Only from this base of confident assurance is a believer able to live the radiant, exciting life in Jesus. Only with these attitudes is the Holy Spirit free to flow from each believer as streams of living water to bring encouragement and refreshment to brothers and sisters, and to bring enlightenment of the truth into the lives of outsiders who do not have a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we live in doubt we are not valid witnesses of the grace of God.

So knowing that we know the Living Lord is important. And friend, knowing the Living Lord is not knowing about Him. Its not knowing the historical facts. Its not having second-hand knowledge from parents or grandparents. Knowing Jesus means that we have an intimate, personal relationship with Him. He lives in us and we live in Him.

Three major signboards which should be evident in the life of every believer to give assurance of this intimate, personal relationship, are given by John in this epistle.

First: The evidence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. You see, the Holy Spirit lives in every child of God. And friend, Jesus told us (John 14:16) that the Holy Spirit would be with us forever.

So how can we tell He’s there? We see the fruit that He bears in our life. Galatians (5:22-23) tells us the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering or patience, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control or temperance. So when we see these fruits evidenced it assures us we belong to God.

A second signboard is obedience. A child of God cannot habitually live a disobedient lifestyle. Jesus said (Matt. 7:21), “Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father...”

Also, in 1 John (2:4) he tells us, “We know we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commanded is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

So obedience to God’s Word gives us assurance.

A third signboard is love. John tells us (1 John 4:7-8), “Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” So when we observe God’s love flowing from us to others we can be sure He lives in us.

John also warns believers of the danger of false teachers who seek to bring division and error into the body of Christ. The key is do they preach that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God? If not then avoid them like the plague.

We pray you have been blessed by God’s Words from the first Epistle of John.