Good Morning Girls!
We are in the book of 1 John and today I want to do an overview of the entire book and then focus on 1 John 4:1-6.
If you struggle with certainty of what you believe – then 1 John is a great book for you. I almost always counsel new believers to start reading their Bible in 1 John followed by the gospel of John.
The author John is well-known as the disciple “Jesus loved”. He was commonly listed as one of Jesus’ three closest friends – Peter, James and John. John was an outgoing, bold man which led to his imprisonment on the Island of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelation. He also wrote the gospel of John and 1st, 2nd and 3rd John.
This book is a favorite for many because it is simple, brief and full of love and light.
But we see in 1 John a warning against false prophets and how in 1 John 2:19 – some who were with them, left and did not return because they were not true believers.
This caused the Christians to be uncertain of their own salvation and how to distinguish a genuine Christian from a false one.
And so the book closes in 1 John 5:11-13, with these assuring words: 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave 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 that you may know that you have eternal life.
Do you have the Son of God? Have you placed your faith in Him? Then you have eternal life –guaranteed! Know this and be assured.
Another one of my personal favorites is found in chapter 4 verse 4 and it says:
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
Oh such precious reassuring words. We are God’s children. We are overcomers not by our own strength but by the great and glorious God who is within us!!!!
And so that brings us to today’s video where I share more about this verse and one of my favorite childhood Old Testament stories from 1 Kings 18 that displays the greatness of our God.
(if you cannot see this video - click here)
John closes the book of 1 John with these words:
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. ~ 1 John 5:21
As the story is told in the video above – we see – the idols are dead. They have no ears to hear. No eyes to see. No hands to help. Idols are worthless. And for us – idols are anything that come between us and God.
Since we know we are children of God. Since we know we have eternal life. Since we know how to walk in the light. Since we know Satan will attempt to draw us away with false prophets.
Since we know “Greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world.”
Since we know the one true God…
Do not fall for the devil’s schemes! Keep yourself from idols!
It is hard to remember that this world is not the end game… This world is just the opener for real life that will begin when we step onto the shores of heaven.
Everything in this world is a mirage – it is fleeting.
Only our souls and what is done for Jesus will last.
Do not let anything of this world come between you and your great God. Keep yourselves from idols.
Walk with the King,
What is your favorite verse or section in the book of 1 John? What are you learning as you read chapter by chapter?
Are there any idols that have come between you and your great God? Any worldly pursuits or darkness that the enemy has deceived you with?
October’s reading plan – coming soon – we’ll be going through Genesis, one chapter a day!!!