I John 5 today. There are several deep, spiritual truths emphasized in this chapter that struck me this morning. Here are they are: 1. The most important fight we fight ever single day is the fight of FAITH. I John 5:4: "For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory. And the ones who wins this battle against the world are the ones who believe that Jesus is the Son of God." Our every day battle against the world and the evil one's plans are our faith in Jesus. No matter what happens to us, we believe the victory over his plans the world's wiles has already been won. Satan's greatest weapon is to try and create doubt. He wants unbelief to creep into our hearts. Paul calls it "the fight of faith." It is a battle. When everything around you screams that Jesus isn't real, he's not in control, faith makes no difference, we must battle in our souls, refusing to believe these lies. Eventually, as we continue to affirm our faith, trust in God's Word, the evil one relents for a season. But not it's only for a season. He comes back over and over again, attacking relentlessly the one area he wants to dominate: our faith! Don't give up today in the battle. God rules in Christ. The victory on the cross has already occurred. Believe it. Trust him. That's the fight. That's the victory.
2. This chapter gives us two great verses about our eternal security. Some people believe we can lose our salvation. They believe God will take away this great gift of salvation by our disobedience. It causes many to labor under sin and wonder if they've committed the sin where God may take away this gift. If you've been taught this, please memorize I John 5:11,12. It reads: "And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in this Son. So whoever has Gods Son has life; whoever does not have his Son does not have life." If you have the Son, by faith, you have life forever. If you don't, you don't! John 10:27,28 is another place to turn for Jesus teaching this same truth. Read also Romans 8:38,39 for Paul's insights. For those who have said they love Jesus then walk away? How does one handle this? I must believe they never really knew the Son. Perhaps they were the third soil of Jesus' teaching about the parable of the soils. Their hearts received the Word and it went rather deep, but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches eventually choked it from their hearts. This too is a fight of faith: to believe God will never take away a genuine new birth in our hearts! That's why John concludes vs 13: "I write this to you who believe inthe Son of God, so that you may KNOW you have eternal life.
3. I John 5:14,15 gives us a very important insight into prayer. "And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for." The Father listens to all our requests. When we are close to him, we pray often according to his will. Therefore, we know he will answer our requests. The key is to be close to the Father's heart. Then we ask only what he wills. And if our request is delayed or answered "No", we can trust him in faith because we know his answer is the right answer.
4. Vs 16: "the sin unto death" is the unpardonable sin, the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit, resisting the Spirit's continual promptings to come to faith in Jesus, to the point where he can no longer reach you. At that moment (and only God knows that moment), you are separated from God forever.
5. Finally, vs 21: "Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in our hearts." Wow, what a great way to end the letter. All of us should ask, "Father, is there anything in my life that has taken your place in my heart? Anything?" If so, it's an idol enthroned in your heart. It needs to be usurped. Lead a rebellion today against it. Dethrone it. Ask the King of kings and Lord of lords to step on the throne. He's worthy to be there. He desires to be there. Invite him to do so.
And continue to believe he's there, no matter what. Fight the fight of faith!