1 John 5
To trust in Jesus as the Christ is to abide in God’s life and to enjoy the assurance of eternal life in Christ (5:1-13). “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life” (5:13). This assurance leads to confident access to God in prayer (5:14-17) and the power to overcome the evil one (5:18-21).
John emphasizes the need for belief in Jesus Christ (the Greek word translated “believe” involves personal trust and not merely intellectual assent), and says that this is the condition for the reception of eternal life (3:23; 5:10-13). Jesus Christ, the righteous One, is our Advocate before the Father, and “He Himself is the propitiation [satisfaction] for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world” (2:1-2).
READING of 1 JOHN 5
Lord, You have given us eternal life, and this life is in Your Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
Meditation passage for today: verses 1-6, 11-14
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