Chapter-a-Day I John 5

This is the testimony in
essence: God gave us eternal life; the life is in his Son. So, whoever
has the Son, has life; whoever rejects the Son, rejects life
. I John 5:11-12 (TM)

As a professional communicator, I’m constantly reminding myself to get to the crux of the matter, speak it clearly, and not belabor the point. When I’m preparing to speak, I often start with the question, "What’s the one thing I’m trying to communicate?"

John does such a great job of succinctly trimming the Message down to its essence, and speaking the core of Christian faith in two brief sentences. If anyone asks "what do you believe?", I would do well to simply recite I John 5:11-12.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter-a-Day I John 5”

  1. Great insight, guys. That assurance is a huge issue. I thought the same thing about the “works”, Kev. John makes it clear that the obedience is a response to God’s love, not a way to earn it.

  2. KR
    When I read Tom’s comment on what verse meant something to me – I was thinking about verses 13-15 they jumped out to me too.
    Your are right – to “know’ is such a powerful freeing experience.

  3. We have a process at Westview Church called “marked Bibles” where we highlight certain passages in small new testament bibles. These markings can lead someone who doesn’t know God through 5-6 verses in scripture that clearly lay out the salvation and personal acceptance of Christ. One of those verses is found in this chapter.
    “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.”
    When I learned this the moderator asked, “guess, hope, wish you had eternal life?” NO, that you may KNOW. What a powerful assurance. I will never forget learning this and always remember it when I am talking to unbelievers, my kids, anybody about a relationship with Christ.
    Also, at the end of the first paragraph in the message it addresses why we keep God’s commands. Many times as Christians we think we keep God’s commands out of fear and a belief of “works”. Scripture says, “the proof that we love God comes when we keep his commands and they are not at all troublesome.” We keep God’s commands not out of fear, but out of love for God.

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