These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
There are way to many Christians walking around to day who are so defeated that the Lord cannot use them. And the reason that they are defeated is because they have no assurance! Well the verse that we are examining today is a verse that should help us to understand that we can KNOW that we have eternal life.
One of the devil’s favorite games is to cause a Christian to doubt their salvation, because he knows that if he can get you all caught up in that, then you will not be a productive Christian! Another game that he likes to play is to convince someone that they are saved when they really aren’t. I don’t know if this applies to you but I am sure that you know someone who it does!
Now let me say right up front that none of us can no someone else’s heart, I don’t know if you are saved or not. I only know what the Bible says about salvation. I can tell you if you are trusting in anything other than what Jesus did for us on the cross to save us then you are not saved. I can also tell you that if you are trusting in anything along with Jesus to save you then you are not saved.
Listen to how John states this truth in his gospel. He uses the very words of Jesus:
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus did not say that you could go any way that you want and you will make it to heaven. He did not say that you could do some work and go to heaven. He said very directly that the only way to go to heaven is to go through JESUS! You will not make it if you try to go any other way!
So you must first determine if you are really saved. John says that he wrote this book for those who are saved. So it is presupposed that you are saved before you go further into this verse. So if you are saved this verse says that you have eternal security! Eternal security is for the believer! And when we have it settled in our hearts that we are saved then that should take away all of the doubt about our salvation.
So let’s go a little further, if you have established that you are saved then the next question is why do you still have doubt? The answer lies in your fellowship with the Father. If you know you are saved but you are living a life with blatant un-confessed sin in it, then it won’t be long before you doubt your salvation. So the answer is to clean your life up and allow the Holy Spirit to control your life, and when you do this then the doubts will dissipate.
One last word, if you are one of those that I described who has been deceived to believe that you are saved and you know that you aren’t then I have good news for you. You can change that right now! Just admit that you are a sinner and accept the Lord as your Savior, and He will save you!
Until next week,