Things We Know
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. We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 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. – 1 John 5:18-20
Pastor Burt shared from 1 John the three “We know” statements from 1 John 5:18-20 last Sunday (if you missed it, check it out here).
Three things “We know”
- All who are born of God do not keep on sinning because they are protected by Christ (1 John 5:18).
- Believers are from God, and the rest of the world is under the power of Satan (1 John 5:19).
- Christ has come that we may know the one true God who is himself eternal life (1 John 5:20).
“When you know (are certain about) something, it changes the way you live.” -Burt Newman
What are the implications of these certain truths?
Implication #1: IF Christ protects Christians from continuing on in sin…
…THEN Christ is infinitely more precious to me than I could ever imagine. There is no possibility that I could put to death my sin in my own power. It is the powerful work of Christ that will protect me forever. The part of me that feels adequate on my own is terrified and mortified. The true me in Christ is overjoyed with the hope that my sin will not reign in my life, for Christ will protect me from sinning.
Implication #2: IF the whole world lies in the power of Satan…
…THEN I should be filled with wonder that I am saved at all. Without God’s saving work I would be back in Satan’s grasp and living as an enemy of God. The preciousness of Christ is heightened when we see His salvation from where we once were—Satan’s people.
…ALSO THEN I am lying to myself if I do not see the world as it really is, a world filled with God’s people or Satan’s people.
“Everyone you have met is either from God (believing and trusting in God by faith) or of Satan.” -Burt Newman
Does this truth embedded in my heart shape how I think about, treat, and speak to others?
Implication #3: IF Christ came to give Christians understanding so that we can intimately and eternally know the true God…
…THEN there is not a reward I can imagine in all creation that will ever reach the value of what I have from Christ. The winnings of this world are a flicker of flame compared to the beaming sun of knowing God eternally. Thanks be to Christ, I know and will continue to know the true God intimately, forever.
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. – John 17:3