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A Summary of 1st John

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Contributor: Joel Webbon

This is the final article in an extended series of articles. If a particular statement seems to be lacking sufficient support or clarification, we encourage you to go back and read the previous articles. Thank you for your patience.

Throughout the book of First John, there has been a massive emphasis on what we as Christians can know for certain. John writes, “By this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments” (1 John 2:3). John writes to fathers, because they “know him who has been from the beginning” (1 John 2:13). He writes to children, because they “know the Father” (1 John 2:14). Then he says, “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren” (1 John 3:14). At the conclusion of his letter, John belabors this theme of certainty one final time by saying, “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).

John does not merely want his readers to have eternal life, he wants them to “know” that they have eternal life. Therefore, assurance of salvation is the ultimate aim of John's letter. The apostle does not carefully outline key components of authentic Christianity so that all those who read his letter walk away feeling discouraged and doubting their own salvation. We must remember who John is writing to: His “dear little children” in the Faith. Each of these tests of authentic Christianity which John presents in his letter are not meant to prove that his readers are unregenerate (not born again), but that his readers truly have been born again.

No one other than Jesus Christ has ever passed every single one of these tests with flying colors. So if you find that you are failing one test, humbly acknowledge that failure as sin and strive by God's grace to repent. Then simply move on and look at the next test to see how you are doing in that area. The question to ask yourself is this: Are there any vital signs in my life at all? If so, you should possess at least some measure of assurance of salvation. Allow this assurance to comfort your doubting heart and propel you into greater joy-filled obedience, which will inevitably produce even stronger assurance in the future. Remember, it is not the will of God for his precious children to be constantly doubting his fatherly love for them. God wants us to be confident of his love. God wants us to rest in his love. And by the power that his Holy Spirit graciously provides, God wants us to live out of his love with courage and strength.

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A Summary of 1st John

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Contributor: Joel Webbon

This is the final article in an extended series of articles. If a particular statement seems to be lacking sufficient support or clarification, we encourage you to go back and read the previous articles. Thank you for your patience. Throughout the book of First John, there has been a massive emphasis on what we as Christians can know for certain. …

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You Must Be Born Again

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Scripture: 1 John 5:18-21
Topics: Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation,
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This article is a part of an extended series of articles. If a particular statement seems to be lacking sufficient support or clarification, we encourage you to go back and read the previous articles, as well as commit to reading the following articles as they are published. Thank you for your patience. 18 We know that everyone who has been …

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How To Pray Effectively

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Scripture: 1 John 5:14-17
Topics: Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Prayer,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

This article is a part of an extended series of articles. If a particular statement seems to be lacking sufficient support or clarification, we encourage you to go back and read the previous articles, as well as commit to reading the following articles as they are published. Thank you for your patience. 14 And this is the confidence that we …

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The Vital Signs Of The New Birth

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Scripture: 1 John 5:1-5
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Contributor: Joel Webbon

This article is a part of an extended series of articles. If a particular statement seems to be lacking sufficient support or clarification, we encourage you to go back and read the previous articles, as well as commit to reading the following articles as they are published. Thank you for your patience. 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the …

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Finding God’s Presence In The Midst Of Pain

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Scripture: 1 John 5:18-21Psalm 42
Topics: Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Prayer, Assurance of Salvation, Anxiety, Suffering & Persecution, Doctrine of Worship, Worship,
Contributor: Joel Webbon

David’s enemies constantly reminded him of his failures and God’s apparent absence. However, David combats this constant assault by reminding himself of his past moments in the presence of God. David’s fondest memories of the presence of God are when he was surrounded by the people of God. David remembers the “throng” of worshipers and the “multitude keeping festival.” David …

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Learning to Pray the Will of God

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Scripture: 1 John 5:14-17
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This week Pastor Joel teaches on 1 John 5:14-17. His focus was on the importance of prayer, and the necessity for Christians to pray in accordance with God’s will.

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Three Witnesses of the Son of God: the Water, the Blood, and the Spirit

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Scripture: 1 John 5:6-13
Topics: Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Prayer, Assurance of Salvation, Anxiety, Suffering & Persecution, Calling, Discipleship, Prayer, Assurance of Salvation, Doctrine of Worship, Doctrine of the Word, False Doctrine, Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, Doctrine of the Son,
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This week Pastor Zack teaches on 1 John 5:6-13. His focus was on the three witnesses to Jesus being the Son of God. These three witnesses give the saints confidence in their salvation. Rejecting one or more of these witnesses will lead to death and eternal damnation.

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The Necessity for Being Born Again

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Scripture: 1 John 5:1-5
Topics: Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Prayer, Assurance of Salvation, Anxiety, Suffering & Persecution, Calling, Discipleship, Prayer, Assurance of Salvation, Assurance of Salvation, Confession & Repentance, Doctrine of Worship, Doctrine of the Word, False Doctrine, Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, Doctrine of the Son, Doctrine of Justification, Doctrine of Man, Doctrine of Regeneration, Doctrine of the Holy Spirit,
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This week Pastor Joel teaches on 1 John 5:1-5. His focus was on the importance of being born again as the basis for faith, love, and obedience.