The Writings of John, the Elder

God expects us to take what He says and let His Word settle any matters in question

Life in the Son – Part II

Today’s Scripture: 1 John 5:1-11

Key Verse: 1 John 5:6a

And Jesus Christ was revealed as God’s Son by His baptism in water and His blood on the cross…

If God tells you a truth, do you believe it? Is your belief in what God says enough to change your words or your behavior?

When the enemy of our souls whispers a lie that contradicts God’s truth, do you call the enemy a liar and stay strong in God’s truth?

I ask these questions because the Bible tells us that we must live by faith, not just have a moment of faith when we turn to God for our salvation.

Life is tough and sometimes it seems that God has forgotten us. Living by faith is no “cake walk”. It is easier to demand a sign that we can see with our physical eyes. However, God expects us to take what He says and let His Word settle the matters in question.

In 1 John 5:11 we read: “And this is what God has testified”. Are you ready to receive what God testifies and believe it with all your heart?

Here is what God has testified to: “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”.

Do you have God’s Son Jesus Christ in your life? You do if you have asked Him to come into your life and forgive you of your sins. You may not have had a big emotional moment, but that does not matter. Your faith must claim the promise of God that “whosoever believes” in Jesus and welcomes Him into their life has eternal life.

God gives this wonderful gift of eternal life to all those who see the truth and do what they need to do to claim the truth.

Jesus told two parables that remind us of the value of the Kingdom of God: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.” (Matthew 13:44).

And: “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!” (Matthew 13:45-46).

If you are a true Christ-follower, you understand these parables. Jesus is so precious to you that you know He is worth everything we own. Jesus is telling the world that God’s Kingdom, once discovered, is worthy of any sacrifice necessary.

Jesus was honest about the personal sacrifice that we pay in this world when we choose God’s Kingdom over this world. These parables remind us that any sacrifice is small compared to the rewards of living in God’s Kingdom.

Have you decided to follow Jesus, no matter the cost?

Father, I know your Kingdom is eternal and is worth far greater than anything this world has to offer. Whatever the sacrifice, I want you! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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