Reading the Word
1 John 5:1–12 (ESV)
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Understanding the Word
In the Gospel of John, Jesus states, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Here, John makes the same point. Eternal life comes through Jesus, the Son of God. We must believe that he is the Christ and trust in him.
Notice that John mentions love for others and obedience as assurances of our salvation, but they are not the means to obtain it. Salvation comes through faith alone in Christ alone.
Applying the Word
Christianity is not about being a good person so one day you will go to heaven. The Bible tells us in many places that we simply are not good enough. We all fall short regularly.
Christianity is about finding new life through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came into the world to save people who could not save themselves. He died as a sacrifice for sinners and those who believe this and trust in his sacrifice are born again to a new life. It is the new life that results in a change in our hearts. We love others and we want to obey God.
Do you have the Son?
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