1 John 5
1Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
9If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
10He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
16If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
17All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
18We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
21Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
As we go into this lesson, think about what assurances you’d want when you decide to purchase a life insurance policy, for example. You want to make sure the company will pay out what it says it will, what the accident clause is to the policy, whether it has a double indemnity, how soon it’s paid out, etc. These are things we look at when we purchase life insurances, but there’s not a better policy around and one you can have with our Heavenly Father! He will give you the best assurance you can look forward to, that no one else can offer, and when He promises something to you, you can depend on Him to keep His word, as you will learn in today’s lesson.
A true Christian will keep God’s commandments. It will be easy and joyful to live a Christian life. Yes, they will stumble along the way, but as long as they look to God for guidance, asking for help and forgiveness when they make a mistake, they will continue to grow stronger in their Christian walk. Looking toward God is looking toward “light”, because He is the “Light”. When you turn away from God, that’s when darkness and sin begin to enter a Christian’s life. Once that happens, God can no longer abide, until the Christian rededicates their lives back to him, and becomes His child again.
We have the assurance of eternal life by reading the Bible, opening up our hearts and minds to God’s word, and His Holy Spirit, waiting for Him to speak to us. We believe, through faith, Jesus came to earth as God’s Son, and died for our sins, arose the third day, and ascended back to Heaven, and now sits on the right hand of God. By reading the Bible, knowing what has happened years before it did in the Bible, through prophecy, and what is prophesied to happen in the future, why not be assured of your eternal life? Everyone has an eternal destination. It’s up to you where you will spend yours, whether it’s in Heaven, or Hell. God has given you the road map to Heaven, which is the Bible, all you have to do is pick it up, and use it. If you need help with directions, just ask.
I love knowing that I can ask God for anything, and He will give it to me, but I also know when I do ask, I ask Him to let it be His will, in His time. I learned from adopting my daughter, things happen in God’s time, not in my time. I had given up on ever having a child, but God made sure I was I the right position, before I could become a mother. I became a mother when I was single, after my first marriage ended in divorce, and my second husband had died. God knew those two would not have been good father material, and he was saving me for my daughter, and my daughter for me, because we were going to need each other. He answered 2 prayers when he gave me my child. Not only a prayer for a child, but I always wanted a little girl, and I got that, too! Now I’m doing all I can to live for God, showing her the way to live a Christian life, and trying to lead my family and all who I meet to the Lord. God a has given me a boldness I didn’t have before, where I will speak out more about my belief in Him, and I pray I’ll get bolder every day.