“18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20 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. He is the true God and eternal life.” (I John 5:18-20)
When the Apostle John concluded this first epistle which bears his name, the Holy Spirit led him to reveal three things He wanted the church to know, understand and remember.
The Spirit wanted the church to know that those who are truly converted do not make sinning a normal practice in their everyday lives. Yes, believers in Christ do sin, but rather than enjoy it they hate it and are grieved by it.
The Spirit also wanted the church to know that since believers belong to God, the Devil cannot harm them. Believers in Christ are no longer under the power of the evil one (I John 4:4).
Finally, the Holy Spirit wanted the church to know, understand and remember that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, has truly come in the flesh. He is the incarnate God. He is reality. He is true and He is truth.
As such, believers in Christ are joined to Christ in a secure and eternal union. This results in a quality of life that is found only in God. Jesus Christ is this God and the only source of eternal life.
Dr. John MacArthur concludes that, “This verse constitutes the summation of John’s whole letter. The greatest certainty of all, the Incarnation, guarantees the certainty of the rest. This is the doctrinal foundation, out of which comes love and obedience.”
Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? I trust you do, but if not, repent of your sin and receive Him today as your righteousness, holy God and Savior.
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!