1 John 5 – October 26
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
1 John 5
Faith in the Incarnate Son of God
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also 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 by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
Taking Its Place | Jess Howell
1 John 5:21
John spent much of this chapter talking about how our belief in Jesus leads us to a loving relationship with God and with each other. Knowing the truth of God’s Son and believing it with our whole heart will give us eternal life. And those that don’t know the truth, well…they won’t have life.
Again, the simplicity of John’s words are so direct and yet so complex. If you believe in Jesus, you’re in. If you don’t, you’re out. In today’s world, those might be fighting words – a reason to throw a protest, begin a lawsuit, or lose friendships. But so many things get in the way in life. So many things that you forget God once in awhile. And if you forget one day, you may then forget two, and one things leads to another and it’s been 2 weeks since you talked with God. John calls us back…”Keep away from ANYTHING that might take God’s place in your hearts.” Thank you, John!!
God, I thank You for always having a listening ear, but sometimes I need that listening ear to hear You speak to me, if only I’d just shut up! There have been times when You’ve been a good arm’s length away because something took Your place, but thankfully I kept coming back. Help me to keep You in 1st place in my heart! Thank You for Your grace and mercy EVERY DAY that loves me no matter what!
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