So that you may know.
“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13)
If you’re a Christian the apostle John is telling you how it is. It is best to agree with John if someone else has a different story. In 1 John the word “know” is used more than 30 times. He is offering proof of salvation “to those who believe in His name.”
What does it mean to “believe in His name”? It is important to know if you believe and are saved. Some would say God places you in a covenant family so that you grow up believing in His name. Others would tell you differently. John tells us what it means to “believe in the name of the Son of God.” Perhaps there is not a greater book in all of Scripture to give assurance to believers. Yet it may be avoided more than it is read.
That is because John tells us that obedience, confession of sin, and cleansing from all unrighteousness is part of what happens if you “believe in His name.” Looking for assurance comes at a cost, sometimes it is a rude awakening. This little book is used by the Holy Spirit to sanctify (make holy) and assure the one who “believes in the name of the Son of God.”
Father, what a wonderful gift you have given us. Eternal life to those who believe. Strengthen our spirit so that we don’t run away from Your word. Encourage us so that we do not avoid hearing any of Your words to us. When they make us uncomfortable, remind us that it is only the flesh cringing from the truth. We need Your strength, assurance and encouragement. Fill us with Your word we ask, because we “believe in His name.”
In honor of International Women’s Day
“Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha” by Hendrich Siemiradski 1843-1902