Arriving at the end of the letter, the Apostle John begins to summarize all he’s written. Up to this point in the book of 1 John, we’ve been taught the importance of love in the Christian life, the necessity of faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and the calling for us to walk obediently in God’s commandments. We know through faith God produces love and obedience in our lives, but are there additional results to faith in Jesus? John the Apostle answers, “Yes,” and he provides four realities we can be confident in through faith in Jesus. The assurances of a Christian are: Confidence in eternal life, Confidence in answered prayers, Confidence in obedience to God, and Confidence in Jesus as the only Savior.
Read 1 John 5:13-21.
- What is an immediate benefit resulting from being confident in the promise of eternal life?
- Is there a characteristic John uses to describe the prayers God answers?
- When John says, “Everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning,” what does he mean? Read 1 John 3:9 to help you answer this question.
- Why is it important to be confident in Jesus as the only true Savior?