The Certainties because of Christ – I John 5:13-21

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Our WORD from the Lord today is found in I John 5:13-21. The title of our devotional today is: The Certainties because of Christ.

Grab your Bible and follow along with me.

   We have all heard that there are two things certain in life – Death and Taxes. Have you heard that before? Well, I would like to remind us that the Bible is filled with certainties that we as believers can hold on to in uncertain times.

   I want to share six certainties with you this morning. They are:   

   I. We are certain of eternal life – vs. 11-13

   11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

   This was actually one of the very first sections of Scripture that was shared with me after I gave my heart to Jesus Christ. I was told that whenever I doubted my decision for Christ, or when the devil tried to discourage me about the decision, I made for Christ that I needed to go to this section of Scripture.

   The word “testimony” means recorded.

   What did God give us according to verse 11? Eternal life. How long I eternal life? It’s forever! (Illustration: Send a bird to the moon to bring back a grain of sand. By the time the bird emptied the moon that would be but a day in eternity).

   Where is this eternal life found? It is only found in the person of Jesus Christ – John 14:6; Acts 4:12.

   Take a look at verse 12 again. We read,

   12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

   This verse is emphatic! It is ROCK solid theology. If you know Jesus, you have eternal life. If you do not know Jesus Christ, you do not have life.

   Finally, I want you to underline in your Bible the word “know” in verse 13. You and I can know that we know that we know we belong to Jesus Christ.

   By the way, when does eternal life begin for the believer? At the moment of death, or at the moment of one’s conversion? It begins at the moment of salvation. 

   II. We are certain of answered prayer – vs.14-17

  The heading in my Bible over these verses reads: Confidence and Compassion in Prayer. 

   Are you praying in the days we are presently living in? I hope you are. There are so many things to be praying about. Immediate family to our global family. Local to International issues. 
 
   A. We have confidence in our prayers – v. 14

14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 

   B. We have confidence that God hears our prayers – v. 15

15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

God delights to answer prayer – See Matthew 7:7-12.

God wants to be asked. Many times we do not have because we do not ask. We are to ASK, SEEK, and KNOCK according to Jesus. How are you doing in your prayer life today?

   C. We have confidence that we can pray for a sinning brother – v. 16-17

16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

   Do you know a believer that is living in open rebellion against God? You and I should be praying for them.

   There is a hit as to what the sin of death is in these verses, especially verse 17. It is all unrighteousness. Practice sin and you could die! That’s the sin leading to death.

   III. We are certain that we can have victory over sin and Satan – v. 18

18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

What do we have here in verse 18? We discover that…

  • True believers do not practice habitual sin – does not sin.
  • True believers know that they have a responsibility before God – Look at the two words – “keeps himself”.
  • True believers know that when they are walking close to Jesus Christ that the wicked one (Satan) does not touch them.
   IV. We are certain we are of God – v. 19

   19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

   What do we have in verse 19? We learn two great truths. They are:

  • We can know that we are of God. How?
  • We received His Son, Jesus Christ.
  • We love God’s Word.
  • We hate sin, and the things God hates.
  • We have a love for what’s right – righteousness.
  • The whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

   What comes to your mind with the word “sway” – isn’t that just like sin in people’s lives. It as if they are swaying back and forth. People usually sin, walk away from their sin, and then go back into their sin.

   V. We are certain that Jesus Christ is the true Son of God – v. 20

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.

   Again in verse 20, underline the word “know”. This speaks of certainty. It speaks of biblical fact. This is what our devotional is all about today. We can and are a certain people who hold to certain facts.

Don’t miss that the first “know” in verse 20 provides the second “know” in verse 20. What is the second know?

   We know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true.

   Because of the certainty that Jesus Christ came, we can be certain to know Him, and we can be certain that we are in the one who is true, in Jesus Christ. 

   VI. We are certain that Jesus Christ alone satisfies – v. 21

21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

I truly hope by now that we as followers of Jesus Christ have learned that idols do not satisfy. Only a walk with Jesus Christ fully and completely satisfies.

  • Idols provide no eternal life.
  • Idols provide no answered prayer.
  • Idols provide no victory over sin or Satan.
  • Idols provide no certainty that we belong to God.
  • Idols provide no certainty that Jesus is the Christ.
  • Idols provide no satisfaction.

   Live for your idols and you will be just a dead and cold as they are.

   Only Jesus Christ fully and completely fills the VIOD in our lives.

   Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to end his daily radio program by saying, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.”