In today’s reading, our new nature in Christ is revealed with a deep knowledge that whosoever believes in Jesus as the Christ both loves and is born of God. The evidence of our love for Him however is when we love and obey His commandments. Overcoming the world is our right as children of God as our faith is the secret ingredient to this Victorious lifestyle.
Jesus came as flesh and blood into the world as the Spirit of truth testifies of Him. The Spirit, water and blood testify and agree as one. God’s witness is however greater than men as God bears record of His own son; not believing this is to call Him a liar. This record is that we have received eternal life in His son through our belief in him who gave his life for all. The confidence we have in Him is that He hears us when we ask anything according to His will. As begotten of God, we are enjoined to keep ourselves from sin because the world lies in wickedness.
Life on earth is a divine agenda that has in place God’s purpose for our lives. What we ought to know is the blue print of God’s divine purpose for us so much that you can always overcome challenges or circumstances that may try to overwhelm us.
Three strategic plans God put in place to help us fulfill His agenda are; Firstly Know who to believe in – His son Jesus Christ! Secondly, Believe He is born of God, Thirdly, keep God’s commandment.
I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God. I overcome the world and have eternal life in His son Jesus Christ! Amen.
Reading – 1 John 5
Faith in the Incarnate Son of God
5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify:8 the[a] Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
- 1 John 5:8 Late manuscripts of the Vulgate testify in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. 8 And there are three that testify on earth: the (not found in any Greek manuscript before the fourteenth century)