Faith in the Son of God

June 26th, 2014

In my next post from 1 John we are looking at 1 John 5:1-12. This section is titled, “Faith in the Son of God” in the NLT.

Verse 1 says, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too”.

There are two main thoughts in this verse –

1. When we come to Christ we become God’s children. We are adopted into His eternal family.

2. Since we love the Father, we also love His children too. This means we will love our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Both of these ideas have already been mentioned in 1 John already. Both are vital to living fully for God – loving God and loving each other.

The final two verses in this passage give us another reassuring truth about salvation and adoption. Verses 11 and 12 say…

“And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life”.

Eternal life is found in Christ. It we trust Jesus for our salvation, then eternal life is a present reality. It is not something we have to wait for, we have it now!

Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:

Because of your faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ, do you understand that you are adopted as His child?

How does knowing your your “eternal life” has already started change the way you think and live today?

God Bless,
Dave

 
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