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We Know That We Have Eternal Life

We Know That We Have Eternal Life

  And we know 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, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” I John 5:20 NASB

Whether it’s people, places, or things, I have always been fascinated by things that are old. Whether it’s old guitars or old cars, I love antiques. I love the history behind them. As an American, I become fascinated with architecture that is a couple of centuries old, yet, when I travel the world I am flabbergasted with architecture that dates back to over a millennium. It is then that I realize American antiques aren’t that antique compared to the ancient world.

Over the years I have had the privilege of knowing people who were right at a hundred years old, or just over. They too fascinate me. I love hearing their stories of the way the world was in their youth. I will never forget my grandmother telling me how terrified she was the first time she saw a car. Although I can’t truly comprehend it, I feel as though I was there when I hear these stories of a world long ago.

I love it when they tell the stories as if they were yesterday. In reality, age is relative. The older you get the younger the rest of the world seems. As a child, three months of summer vacation was a lifetime. Now, it’s a flash. I remember when my dad turned forty. I thought to myself, that is an old man. Now that I am on the other side of forty I know he was still a young man. My perspective has greatly changed in my advancement of years. The bible tells us that life is like a vapor. It is here for a little while and then it vanishes away. (James 4:14). In reality, what is one hundred years compared to eternity? It is nothing. Not even a drop in the bucket. The bible tells us, since God is eternal, a thousand years is as a day for Him. (II Peter 3:8).

God created man to be eternal. Those who reject Jesus as their savior will not cease to exist. They will exist for eternity in the eternal lake of fire-hell. It is not God’s will to cast anyone into hell. This is why we see clearly laid out in this last “we know” statement from God the effort God made for the world, the whosoever that will call on His name, to enter into fellowship with Him. John stated in I John 5:20 that God sent His Son. Apart from creating you that was God’s first act of calling you into fellowship with Him. Then John tells us that God gave us understanding of who Jesus is. How did He do that? He did that by giving us His word, the bible, and giving us His Holy Spirit that convicts us and opens our eyes and hearts to His word. Although God made all of this effort to enter into fellowship with the world, many will still reject Him. Those who reject Him will spend an eternity in Hell separated from a holy and loving God. This was not God’s choice; it was their choice for rejecting His offer of love, grace, and forgiveness through His own Son’s sacrifice.

Those who have chosen God’s means of salvation immediately enter into fellowship with God. This fellowship will not end at our final breath. In fact, our final breath will take us away from a very tiny portion of our life. This life on earth is microscopic compared to our life in eternity. In eternity we will be with the one who created us, the one who saved us, and the one who sustains us. In eternity there will be no sorrow, pain, sickness, or death. It will be paradise. A paradise that is currently incomprehensible. There we shall be with the Lord forever.

John began this message introducing Jesus as the Word of Life and the eternal life. (I John 1:1-2). It is fitting that he gives his final “we know” statement addressing the fact that God is eternal life. The only way we will have eternal life is if we have fellowship with God. Again, John’s purpose statement for I John is found in I John 5:13 stating, “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.” If you are in fellowship with God, you will have many evidences of that fellowship. By this we know. If you do not have those evidences you need to do some serious soul searching and ask yourself whether or not you are in true fellowship with God. If you have fellowship with God, know that you have eternal life in the glories of heaven.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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We Know God Hears Us and Will Answer Us

We Know God Hears Us and Will Answer Us

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” I John 5:14-15 NASB

Once again we are reminded of the confidence we have, through Christ, to approach God. This time we are told that we can have confidence to ask God for anything that is according to His will and it will be done. When we enter into fellowship with God, we are in a relationship with Him. As in any relationship there must be clear communication. God has given to us His word, the bible, that clearly expresses His will. God communicates to His children trough the means of His word and we communicate to God through the means of prayer.

What is the will of God? It is clearly God’s will to save sinners from their sins. In fact when we hold this text of scripture into its context we see salvation as being the central focus of John’s words of assurance that God will answer any request that is of His will. He wrote in the verse prior to these, “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.” Then he basically said, if you ask God for salvation, He will give it to you, since that is the will of God.

Is it God’s will to save you? He sent His Son to die for you. Clearly it is His will. In the context of this scripture we see John saying, I wrote these things to assure you of salvation, now if you ask in faith you can have confidence that God will hear you, and answer you. What an amazing promise.

Once we become a Christian we abide in Christ. We are of Christ and seek His will. Jesus explained in the fourteenth chapter of John that He and the Father are one. Then in the next chapter He declared Himself as the vine and his disciples as the branches. He said if we abide in Him we will bear fruit. If we are abiding in Him we will be one with Him. Just as Jesus exclusively sought the Fathers will, we will exclusively seek Jesus will, if we abide in Him and are one with Him. Jesus said in John 14:13, again in 15:7, and again in 16:23 that whatever we ask of the Father in His name will be given. Since we abide in Christ, we can directly call to the Father in Jesus name.

There are many promises in the Word of God. Salvation is one of those promises. We have the full assurance, and promise of God, that if we ask God for those promises to be fulfilled within our lives, they will. John said, “This is the confidence we have.” Confidence in God is faith. If we have faith in God, and believe His word is true, we can ask Him for anything according to His will. Having a gold plated Rolls Royce is probably not in God’s will. That would be your selfish will that is probably not intended to honor God. Yet when we ask in faith, and according to His will, the promise is, that He hears us, and will grant the request.

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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We Know We Have Confidence Before God

We Know We Have Confidence Before God

 “We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.” I John 3:19-21 NASB

Who is the devil? He is the accuser of the brethren. He loves to remind us of our past by bringing up our former failures and shortcomings. He would love nothing more than to place doubt and fear in the heart of the believer. In fact, the whole world is under the control of Satan. For this reason, the world is influenced to bring condemnation upon the believer. Condemnation that will bring doubt to God’s promises. Condemnation that will bring doubt to God’s work. Why else do you think Christians are so prone to being called hypocrites?

The world has rejected the truths of God. When Christians walk in that truth they stand opposed to it and fiercely attack it. Just as they did with Christ, the world tried to condemn Paul, accusing him of wrong doing. Yet, when Paul stood before the Jewish council he said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.” (Acts 23:1). Though the world condemned him, he had a clear conscience before God. When all is said and done a clear conscience before the world means nothing. The world is not our judge-God is. Therefore, a clear conscience before God means everything.

As repentant Christians who have been washed clean by the blood of Christ we walk in the truth. Jesus Himself is truth. (John 14:6). The major theme of I John is fellowship with Jesus, walking in the light as He is in the light. If we are walking in the light, we are abiding in the truth and the truth sets us free. (John 8:32). If we have indeed been set free we no longer stand in condemnation. Romans 8:1-2 says, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” Since we are not condemned, we have the freedom to have confidence before God.

Hebrews 10:19-20 tells us that we can have confidence to enter the presence of God because of the blood of Jesus and His flesh He gave as a means of an atoning sacrifice. The next verse tells us where our confidence comes from. It comes from our great High Priest, which is Jesus. Jesus as our great High Priest is continually before the Father making intersection for His Children. Since we have the blood of Christ, the flesh of Christ, and the intersection of Christ we are able and invited to, “draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience.” (Hebrews 10:22). We can draw near to God.

If we attempt to put confidence in the flesh or the things of the world we will never have a clear conscience before God. We will live in condemnation and be eternally condemned. However, Christian don’t put confidence in self or the world. By faith, they put their confidence in Christ. This is faith in Christ. Through our faith in Christ and His work our hearts have been made pure, our conscience has been made clean, and we have confidence before God. What an amazing act of assurance the Father gives to His children through His Son.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Bible Study, Devotional

 

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