Jesus with John -- the apostle of love.

1 John 5:13-14 -- I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

1 John 5 Commentary of the Bible

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We shall Overcome  ( 1 John 5:1-6 )  Sunday Message

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After many months of our study together in the First Epistle of John, we are drawing toward the close of this brief letter. In this section we come to the last theme which John discusses. I have oftentimes pointed out that the chapter divisions in the King James Version (and subsequently all other versions) are quite often very poorly placed. Many times I have indicated that a chapter division ought to be ignored; that it does not represent a break in thought. But it occurred to me that perhaps it would be good to recognize a chapter division that belongs in its place.

We Shall Overcome  ( 1 John 5:1-5 )  Daily Devotion

For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)

Why do we Believe?  ( 1 John 5:6-13 )  Sunday Message

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We are approaching the close of this little letter of the Apostle John, whose task was the calling back of the church to foundational things. He is John the Mender, who, when the Lord Jesus called him to the ministry, was found mending his nets. He concludes this letter with certain final notes of positive conviction. The last few verses repeat again and again the little phrase, we know. It is that note of positive assurance that is always a key mark of true Christianity, quite in contrast to the spirit of the age in which we live.

Does God Lie?  ( 1 John 5:6-13 )  Daily Devotion

Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. (1 John 5:10b)

Praying Boldly  ( 1 John 5:14-17 )  Daily Devotion

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14)

Praying Boldly  ( 1 John 5:14-17 )  Sunday Message

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It certainly is not an accident that John closes his letter with an emphasis upon the subject of prayer. He has been writing about the life of Christ -- the only life that can truly be called a Christian life. That life is characterized by truth, love and righteousness, and prayer is the perfect expression of all three of these: Love is prayer's motive, Truth is its expression, and Righteousness its goal.

Christian Certainty  ( 1 John 5:18-21 )  Sunday Message

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Perhaps the most striking thing about the close of First John is the threefold occurrence of the phrase we know in the last three verses. Verses 18, 19, and 20 of the fifth chapter all begin with those words,we know. That is a phrase that has a bite to it in these days when we are told that we cannot know anything for sure. There is a quiet ring of assurance about it; especially when you discover that the apostle uses a word in the original Greek which refers not to knowledge gained by experience, but to an inward learning process.

Guard Yourself  ( 1 John 5:18-21 )  Daily Devotion

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:21)

He closes with this final warning. Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. Do not go off to something else. Do not give your attention to your interests, your time, your energy, or your money so that those things become what you live for, what you get excited about, what enthuses you. That is your god. What is it with you? Is it Jesus Christ, or is it something else?