1 John 5
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, 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.
Years ago there was a commercial about an investment firm. In the commercial, whenever anyone said, “E.F. Hutton said…” all the people in the room stopped talking to listen to what E.F Hutton did say. I do not know if this company is even in business anymore but I do know that when God speaks everyone should listen. God has spoken to us through His word, the Bible, and has given us all the instruction that we need for eternal life and for present life.
Here, near the end of the Apostle John’s 1st epistle, we learn a great deal from God’s word. We are told that we can know that the Son of God has come and we can know Him who is true. In a day when God is put in the margin and truth is subjected to human desires and passions, we can know God and we can have His truth in us. Jesus is God; this is a fact of eternal proportions. Someone can deny electricity but if they stick a metal fork into an outlet they cannot deny its power. Someone can deny that Jesus Christ is God but when they stand before Him they will not be able to deny His godly His power.
Three times in this verse we are told that something is true, it is real, it cannot be denied: Christ is true, we are in Him who is true, He is the true God and eternal life.
This is a most striking sentence. Christ came to give us an understanding of God the Father, we can know God as the true and real God because we have Christ in us and we are in Him. Jesus Christ, the image of the Father, is the true God and He is eternal life. Earlier John said, “He who has the Son has life.” Eternal life and Jesus Christ as synonyms!
We must not be drawn away to any other gospel for no other gospel has this truth, this reality, and no other gospel offers us eternal life in the eternal God. May our faith in Jesus Christ, the eternal God and eternal life be increased.
We are almost finished with 1 John here at JIBC. Next Sunday will be our last Sunday in this epistle. This has been a wonderful study into the many things God wants us to know. Yesterday I read 27 references in 1 John that tell us we can know something. Near the end of the letter, John brings back three of those things we can know. If you want to listen to this message, follow the link below.
I met a family in the elevator last week and the wife was from Croatia, the husband from Brazil. I invited them to church and then to lunch. They did not make church but they came for lunch. We have a family in our church from Croatia and they also came for lunch. We visited for nearly five hours. It was a wonderful of getting to know each other. We did talk about the Lord and look forward to future opportunities for friendship and for sharing Christ. You never know what a day might bring forth.
Have a great day in the Lord,