Thursday, April 25, 2013

1 John Bible Study Notes- Chapter 5

Chapter 5


-John concludes this book with many important theological truths concerning the Son of God, Jesus Christ and our relationship to Him as believers. If we have believed, we have been born of God and love Him with all our heart (1 John 5:1). It will then naturally be our desire as new creatures born of the Spirit to obey His commandments, which all revolve around love and our not burdensome. This will be our key to overcoming the world…our faith in the only begotten Son of God from the Father (1 John 5:2-5).

-Jesus came with this three-fold witness that testifies of His Divinity. The water (His baptism where the Father acknowledged Him as the beloved Son in whom He was well pleased, Matthew 3:17), the blood (His shed blood for the remission of sins during His passion, Matthew 26:28, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 9:22), and the Holy Spirit (the One who is the power of God and testifies of His grace with indwelling of the believer among many other things, John 1:33; 14:26; 20:22). These three all agree and increase our knowledge and faith in the Son through their testimony for the purpose of eternal life. “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life (1 John 5:6-12).”

-These things have all been written for the purpose of believing people being able to have the assurance of eternal life (1 John 5:13). This is the confidence we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us and we can have the requests that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:14-15). A primary application of this is given regarding a brother committing a sin not leading to death. What this means exactly is a bit difficult to interpret. There is definitely sin that does lead to death; we are not supposed to pray for that. What it has to entail is unrepentance of some manner and resolute rejection of the Son of God and His mercy. In other words, it becomes impossible for us to pray intercessory prayers on behalf of people who do not want God’s grace and remain stubborn in their unbelief (Hebrews 3:19). The believer that is in tune with the Lord will not keep on willfully sinning in disobedience because the Holy Spirit protects him, and the evil one does not touch him (1 John 5:18). Therefore, the summation is this: Christians are from God and the rest of the world lies in the power of the evil one who has his authority over the unbeliever. “The Son of God has come” in the flesh and “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. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols (1 John 5:20-21).” *Application* What a blessing it is to know that we can have complete confidence in Jesus Christ to save us from all sins and give us a new birth of the Spirit for eternal redemption. He holds us and will never let us go if we have truly received Him and His great salvation. To God be the glory through His magnificent promises fulfilled through His Son Jesus Christ!


Verse to Memorize: 1 John 5:4, 12, 14

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