John’s letter was coming to its conclusion, but not without the apostle first reminding us of the nature of Christ, and the benefit of walking in His footsteps.
Addressing wickedness among the people, John warns us of the temptation and persecution that await believers, as each one works out his or her salvation, rooted in our faith in the risen son of God almighty, Yeshua, the Christ.
“18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.” (1 John 5:18)
John teaches us about the nature of God, which is perfect and sinless. Anyone believing in such a perfect being and modeling their life after His ways cannot delight or dwell in sin, which leads to death.
Believers that rely on the Holy Spirit for discernment rather than our own self are blessed to be immune to the temptations of this world. By faith, Christians cannot be plucked out of God’s hand by anyone.
“19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19)
Those surrendered to Christ are gifted with eternal confidence stemming from the Holy Spirit, which dwells within each one of us. As each believer works out his or her salvation, this divinely appointed confidence becomes a shield to protect us against attacks by the enemy, and those in the world out to destroy what is good, and holy.
Though in the world, believers relying on faith to lead our footsteps become a beam of light, a beacon for seekers to use as their guiding force along their spiritual walk.
“20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)
We know God’s love is true and good because from it, outpourings of love flow onto those in need with divine abundance. To know Christ means we are closer to the truth, and empowered to do right for God’s glory, as a sign of our love for our creator, His son and the Spirit who leads our footsteps.
“21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” (1 John 5:21)
John find it important to conclude his letter by reminding us to keep ourselves clear of idols, as we dwell in God’s word, worship Him in praise, and prayer, as well as fellowship in His name, to grow in His will, for His glory. By keeping our focus on the word, abiding by the truth and allowing ourselves to be renewed by the love of Christ, believers hold steadfast for His triumphant return. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant John, We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture, We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre