Knowing You Have Eternal Life

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1 John 5:13-15 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

The power that a Christian has in this life is the certain knowledge that you have eternal life. Of all the Apostles, at 88 years old John was the longest lived. The other Apostles were stoned to death, beheaded, fed to wild beasts in the coliseum, set on fire, crucified, pierced through with spears, or stabbed to death. The world and its fallen leaders tried their best to kill John. They boiled him in oil. When that didn’t kill him, they exiled him to the desert Isle of Patmos, expecting him to starve to death. In Patmos Jesus met him, and took John to Heaven to see the glories of the coming ages.

John and the other Apostles had something that every Christian should have. They had a certain knowledge of eternal life. John said:

vs 13 These things have I written unto you that
believe on the name of the Son of God

If you have BELIEVED on the NAME (the Authority of) the SON OF GOD (Jesus) John is addressing you. What does this mean? It means to believe, as John MacArthur notes:

There is only One God (1 Corinthians 8:6)
There is only One Savior (Acts 4:12)
There is only One True Religion (Ephesians 4:4-6)
There is only One Holy Book (John 17:17)
There is only One Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
There is only One Way of Salvation (John 14:6)

The first century Christian who “believed on the Name – the singular Authority of Jesus” were persecuted, just as Christians in America today are coming under increasing persecution. Just a few weeks ago a sin sick woman posing as a man murdered several in a school in Nashville. In response to this, the mainstream media outlets and social networks branded the killer the victim, and the victims the cause. An NBC News headline “Fear pervades Tennessee’s trans community amid focus on Nashville shooter’s gender identity”. The New York Post notes, “One day after the massacre of three little kids in Nashville, Amazon sent a message to “LGBTQIA+ employees and allies” expressing “support and solidarity during this period of apprehension and uncertainty.”

That should be no surprise to any who are Christ’s. Our Lord Jesus said:

John 3:20 (NLT) All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.

Those who are God’s Children by faith in Christ have eternal life. We do not walk in darkness, but walk in the light as Jesus is in the light” (1 John 1:7). John wrote what he wrote – under God’s direction – for two reasons:

1 John 5:13 that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Word Study: The word translated know is the Greek eidō, which meansto visibly SEE, to PERCEIVE, to EXPERIENCE a state or condition”.

John does not want you to have a hope so salvation,
but a know so salvation.

If you are a Christian, you should have some visible evidence of this. When the wise men came to see the baby Jesus, they told those in Jerusalem:

Matthew 2:2 … Where is He that is born King of the Jews? We have SEEN (eidō)His star in the East, and are come to worship Him.

There was evidence before these wise men that they followed to Jesus. If you are a Child of God, the Scripture tells you that you will SEE or PERCEIVE a change in your life, evidence that you are indeed a Christian. This evidence will support the reality that you may BELIEVE ON THE NAME of the Son of God.

Christianity is not a hope so religion, nor is it fire insurance. Christianity is a KNOW SO religion that proves itself by the PRESENCE OF GOD in your life.

The Christian Knows That God Is WITH Us Always

1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

Word Study: What is the proof – the visible evidence that I can experience, see, and touch – that I am a Christian? It is that God hears my prayers. The word translated ask is the Greek aiteō. The word translated petitions is NOUN of the verb aiteō, the Greek aitēma. And then the word translated desired is once more the Greek aiteō. This word is frequently used throughout the Scriptures in describing prayer. Do you know what it means? It means just as it says – to ASK, to REQUEST, to VERBALLY SEEK SOMETHING from the Father Who loves you. To ask in NOT TO PESTER, as a spoiled child would pester a parent. “Mommy can I have that? Mommy can I have that? Mommy! Waa. Waa. WAAAAAAA!” That’s not ASKING, that’s DEMANDING. You cannot demand from God. God is your FATHER, and He knows what is best (see Matthew 6:8). So you ASK, not DEMAND.

If you are a child of God, the proof that you are a child of God is that you LOVE TO ASK God for things. If you rarely speak to God, you’re probably not saved!

The Christian is commanded to pray. Jesus said:

Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, (aiteō) and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh, (aiteō) receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

We are not told “every one who DEMANDETH, RECEIVETH”. It is not prayer to demand things from God. Yet as believers in God through Christ we can have this CONFIDENCE – our Heavenly Father hears our prayers. But there is a condition to His hearing:

1 John 5:14 … if we ask any thing
according to his will, He heareth us

How do we know God’s will? We can only know His Will through His Only Holy Book, the Bible. Juan Sanchez wrote:

To understand God’s will, we must first have a biblical view of God. To truly help our people, then, remind them God has an eternal plan for His glory and our joy. And because God is sovereign, He’ll accomplish all His holy will (Isaiah 48:8-11).

But God isn’t only sovereign; God is also good. For this reason, we don’t have to fear what God wills for us. And thankfully, God has revealed His plan and purposes—His will—by His Word (Deuteronomy 29:29). We’re not in the dark about what God desires.”

The million dollar question is :
“What does the Bible say about what I want?”

This cuts out a lot of foolishness in prayer. For instance, if your lifestyle is walking in darkness rather than light, do not expect God to bless that. He will not violate His will. You have eternal life. You are to walk in the Spirit of God. What does the Scripture say?

Galatians 5:24-26 And they that are Christ’s have crucified {not AMPLIFIED but CRUCIFIED} the flesh with the affections and lusts {we put the bad desires on the Cross with Jesus}. 25 If {do we? If?} we live in the Spirit, let us also {in addition to} walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. {let us live to glorify God}

We pray according to the Word of God. But we also pray, asking ourselves first “Is what I am praying for to the glory of the God I love?”. God does not hear prayers outside of His good and perfect will. But you as a Christian should NOT be praying anything outside of God’s will. Listen to me, Beloved.

If you are Biblically illiterate, you cannot pray!

The Christian Knows That God Watches Us Always

This is one of the hardest, harshest, and most misunderstood Scriptures in all of the Bible. It speaks to both DEATH and LOVE. Read with me.

1 John 5:16-17 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ASK, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. {17} All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

God answers prayers that are within His will. What is one of the prayers that God will answer? It is that a fellow Christian NOT remain in sin, until that sin becomes a “sin unto death”. Before we saw the Greek word aiteō (ASK) used to describe prayer. John tells us that one of the prayers we should be praying for our fellow Christians is that they not commit sin unto death. In the above text we are told that there is (vs 16) “sin not unto death but in the very next breath we are told There is a sin unto death. Then the Apostle says, I do not say that he shall pray for it. What is the Apostle telling us?

If sin does not bother you, you’re not saved!

The Bible tells us that All unrighteousness is sin. Unrighteousness is anything that is against God’s standard, as reflected in the Scripture. Unrighteousness or acting unrighteously, or sinfulness, brings sickness and death. The Nashville shooter was a mentally and spiritually unstable young woman who should have been told the truth instead of catered to. The homosexual is a mentally and spiritually unstable person that needs to be told the truth rather than celebrated (see Romans 1:24-32). The transsexual is a mentally and spiritually unstable person that needs to be told the truth rather than being catered to. Did you know that there are people today that that are asking doctors to surgically mutilate themselves because they want to be crippled? This is spiritually and mentally unstable! The Scripture says:

James 1:14-16 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. {15} Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. {16} Do not err, my beloved brethren.

The desires of the old sin nature will whisper, “Just try it. What’s the harm?” So lust CONCEIVES and BRINGS FORTH SIN, which BRINGS FORTH DEATH. The Scripture says:

1 Corinthians 15:56 … the STING OF DEATH is SIN …

What is SIN and NOT SIN is defined by God’s Word, the Bible. It is not defined by our opinion, but by God’s opinion. Sin worketh death in me” (Romans 7:13). Sin is an awful employer. The Scripture says:

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death …

There is a sin unto death – though not all sin leads to death. What sin leads to death? Repeated, unrepented of sin. We who are Christians are to care for one another, and to pray for one another that we stay away from the darkness, and continue to walk with Jesus.

The Churches that have compromised the Word of God in order to satisfy the dictates of the world are not proper Churches, but imitations of God’s kingdom.

1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ASK (aiteo)

If you see a fellow Christian moving into sin (a sin NOT unto death), then you are to ASK (aiteo) God to convict them. You are to pray for them. But you are also to ASK that believer. You are to encourage one another to come together in the unity of THE Faith, as the Scripture says:

Ephesians 4:13-15 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

It is not love to allow someone to wander into sin. Thomas Constable notes:

Many Christians have failed to realize that sinning always leads to dying, even among Christians (Romans 6:23). While it is true that no Christian will ever experience spiritual death (eternal separation from God), we do normally experience the physical consequences of our sinning. The fact that we all die physically is the proof of this.”

When a believer commits sin, he puts his foot on a road that will eventually lead to death if not corrected. But if the believer confesses his or her sin, then the curse is turned to blessing. We turn away from the sin unto death by turning back to Christ. How do we turn back to Christ? We confess our sin unto God BEFORE it becomes a “sin unto death”. The Bible says:

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

To CONFESS our sins is the Greek metanoeo, which means “to say the same thing about”. To sin before God without care is to bring death into our midst. The Apostle chastised the Church at Corinth because they condoned sin in their midst. The Scripture says:

1 Corinthians 11:30-32 {because of your sins} many [are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep {a Christian euphemism for physical death}. {31} For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. {32} But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

God punishes His children when they move into sin. Though He is gracious and merciful, God owns us and can take us where ever He wants.

Sin which is NOT discontinued will
eventually snowball into death!

The Christian way of life is incompatible with what God defines as sin. We are exhorted:

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset [us], and let us run with patience the race that is set before us

God our Father is very clear when He says:

Ezekiel 18:21-32 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. {22} All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. {23} Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: [and] not that he should return from his ways, and live? {24} But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, [and] doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked [man] doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

God will never justify sin – nor should we. It is unloving to do so. God says,

Ezekiel 18:31-32 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? {32} For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn [yourselves], and live ye.

Pray! If you are a Christian, seek God’s face. Read His Word, and pray with understanding. Pray the will of God. And if there are those of whom you know who are in clear Biblical sin, pray that God will draw them away from it. Lovingly approach them in private, and share the Word of God with them.

Christians WALK With God In The LIGHT,
Not With The Devil In The DARKNESS.

1 John 5:18-19 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

Those who are “born again” keep themselves under control. The King James says, whosoever is born of God sinneth not. The word translated SINNETH is a Perfect Passive Participle in the Greek. The Enduring Word Commentary notes that:

The grammar in the original language makes it plain John is speaking of a settled, continued lifestyle of sin. John is not teaching here the possibility of sinless perfection. As Stott says, ‘The present tense in the Greek verb implied habit, continuity, unbroken sequence.’”

John previously said this in:

1 John 3:5-8 And ye know that {Jesus} was manifested to TAKE AWAY OUR SINS; and in Him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in Him SINNETH NOT: whoso SINNETH {habitually, in CONTINUITY, without BREAKING SEQUENCE} HATH NOT SEEN HIM; neither knoweth Him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as {Jesus} is righteous. 8 He that COMMITTETH SIN IS OF THE DEVIL …

If you belong to Jesus, you cannot willingly and knowingly sin and stay in it. The Soniclight Commentary notes, “As in {John} 3:9, John affirmed that the basic nature of one who has God for his spiritual Parent is not to sin.” Pastor Voddie Baucham in quoting Romans 1:24-26 stated,

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions … DISHONORABLE PASSIONS. The DESIRES THEMSELVES are DISHONORABLE. Enough already with this Gay Christian stuff. And I don’t just say “enough already”, I don’t mean this in a sense of, you know, they’re over there and I’m over here. I mean this in the pastoral sense. How cruel is that? If a man comes to me talking about a desire for a woman who is not his wife, I’m not going to tell him to just go ahead and embrace the desire, because the desire in and of itself is okay. It’s not!

Sin is sin, and sin kills. Jesus died on the Cross for your sins. He rose again to conquer your sins. You, dear Christian, may sin – but sin will NOT be your practice, your common mode of existence. No Christian indwelt of the Spirit, born again of the Blood of the Lamb, the purchased and adopted Child of God will long remain in sin. If you do, God can and will take your life. God will purify His Church by removing those who shame Him and taint His will on earth. There is a sin that leads unto death, and a sin that leads not unto death. The difference is found in repentance, and returning to the will of God.

As I conclude, let me say this. In the early Church Ananias and Sapphira met an early death for lying to God (Acts 5:1-10). The Corinthian Christians were meeting premature deaths for mishandling the Lord’s Table (1 Corinthians 11:30,31). In the Old Testament King Saul died the sin unto death for disobeying God (1 Chronicles 10:13-14; 1 Samuel 13:9-14). The Apostle Paul delivered Hymenaeus and Alexander to Satan (1 Timothy 1:19-20) for destruction because they were guilty of blasphemy. He also surrendered the unnamed young man of 1 Corinthians 5 to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. These are ample testimonies to the fact that there is a sin unto death. Do not believe that you, as God’s Children, can get away from the Lord and sin without consequence. Our God is a Faithful Father to His Children.

Do you know Him? It may be possible that you think you are a Christian, that you hope you are a Christian, but you are not a Christian. These things are written THAT YOU MIGHT KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. Do you know? If you do not, today would be a good day to call upon the Name of the Lord. The Gospel has never changed.

Romans 10:9-11, 13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

If Jesus is your Lord, sin will not rule over you. Give yourselves to Him this very day. Amen and Amen!

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