1 John 5:13-21
13 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. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. 18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
Apostle John makes his conclusion to his letter to the church by confirming that those who believe in Jesus —“You have eternal life”.
What a great confirmation and affirmation! That eternal life was given by God who sent His only son Jesus to us. So, whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. This is not “maybe” or “hope” or “wish” – we can have eternal life, by the promise of true God.
The challenge of this passage to me is:
- Do I behave myself as a person with eternal life?
- Do I waste God’s good will or gift given to me?
- Do I often pray for people who commit sin?
Dear Jesus, thank you for coming to earth to die in our place for my sins. You are the God-man, fully God and full human at the same time. Help me to behave like a person with eternal life all the time. Amen.
Written by Allen Leu