Things We Had Better Know

English: Street Preacher holds sign that reads...

English: Street Preacher holds sign that reads “Discover forgiveness for all your sin and eternal life in the Living Jesus” in Times Square, New York. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a moment, think about something that we’d much rather not. The uncertainties of this life are a challenging reality.  Whether it’s personal security, our health, or our economic status, a degree of uncertainty comes with each new step. It has been said that the only certainty in this life is uncertainty.

For those who profess to know Jesus Christ, this ought not to be. Did you know that the Word of God promises us that we can be a people who are confident in real certainties? John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, wrote a letter for just this reason.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13

John is claiming that those who believe in the name of the Son of God can know for certain that they have entered into life eternal. It’s worth noting here that John is not speaking of a future day, but is writing in the present tense. His claim is that those who believe are currently living the eternal life… a life that has no end.

What does John mean by the word believe, though? Do we simply have an acknowledgement of some date in our past where we walked down an aisle and with much emotion expressed our desire for a way to avoid God’s judgement and hell? No, that’s why I mention the present tense as John is writing.

By this, John means “we who are currently believing.” If eternal life began at the moment we believed, and there’s a point where we stopped believing, then it’s no longer eternal life, but temporary. John is not describing some on again – off again easy believe-ism here, but a life that began in Christ that provides the evidence of perseverance until death.

We should also note what else John does not mean. His use of the term, believe, shouldn’t be confused with simply knowing there is a God, or even knowing a whole lot about Him. Remember, the demons believe… and tremble. Satan knows much of God, the Word of God, and the Gospel.

The only right method of defining John’s use of this word is to conclude what is made clear throughout Scripture. This belief he is speaking of is demonstrated by a lifetime characterized by faithful obedience and service to God.

One of the contributing factors of our assurance that we are of the faith is that we are ever currently believing… a belief that renders no less than living for Jesus!

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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3 Responses to Things We Had Better Know

  1. Good blog. There is waaaaaay too much “easy-believism” out there today. We have been dismayed at the number of children and teens who say they are a Christian because “my pastor told me I am” or “my mother said I prayed a prayer when I was younger” of “I went to the front in a meeting” or many other such things, and yet they have NO idea of sin and the need for repentance, and no evidence of a changed life.

    Believing (mentally believing) something doesn’t make it true, but when we talk of believing in the Lord Jesus, much more is involved. I like the Amplified rendition of believe – adhere to, trust in, rely on – which brings out so much more than a merely mental assent, but still doesn’t cover it.

    It is when we experience the reality of life in Christ – the reality of His presence and guidance, the reality of having Him undertake for us in so many ways – that belief carries fact – fact that cannot be denied.

    We serve an amazing God!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    We must know a living relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. We must not know him only as a historical figure. We must not only know that He died and rose from the dead. We must expeirience He is risen and alive in our lives as He directs our lives when we trust in Him with all our hearts. We must know He is with us even to the end of the age. Amen.

  3. mtsweat says:

    Reblogged this on Resting in His Grace and commented:

    Wrapping up his study of 1 John, my pastor inspired these words. My recap fails to do justice to his message… but here goes.

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