Encouragement for your daily walk with God
John built a strong case for the divinity of Jesus in his first letter or epistle we know as the book of 1 John. While building the case, he also exhorted the readers to KNOW Jesus and to TRUST in Him. Undoubtedly the readers had heard many accounts of Jesus that differed from what John taught about Him. I have no doubt that some taught about Jesus through ignorance, that is, they had heard about Him but didn’t really know Him. But John also wrote that many teachers lied about Jesus—false teachers who distorted the truth.
John encouraged his readers to know the real Jesus, and by means of application from God the Holy Spirit, encourage you and me as well. While there is a distorted view of Jesus today, John made things really simple for you and me: If you have Jesus, you have life!
Here are a few questions I like to ask those who ask me, “How do you know if you know Christ?”
Do you trust in Jesus alone as your personal Savior from sin because of His life, death and resurrection? Do you seek to know Him more? Do you have an inner desire to love Him more? Is Jesus precious to you? Do you love and fellowship with other Christ followers who also confess Him as their Savior?
If your answer is YES to these questions, you have life that only Jesus can give. Now here’s another “biggie!” Many people around you have a distorted view about Jesus, just like those in John’s day. The Bible refers to them as “lost,” they don’t know the way to God. You and I can be truth tellers just like John, sharing the Good News, the Gospel: Jesus lived perfectly in this world, He died for our sins and rose from the dead for our salvation [Romans 4:25].
By God’s grace, we’ll go to heaven, and take as many people there with us as we can!
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:12