First Epistle of John – Blessed Assurance
As one begins to read and study 1st John and discovers the treasures the letter contains for the believer, one wonders why this book has been banished to obscurity and treated over the centuries by Christianity on the whole as being insignificant and even devoid of the pleasure of a second glance.
The purpose John has in writing this letter is to lead us to the full assurance of our salvation. Throughout this letter, John assures us that the Christian life is not one of speculation, but of certainty that we have eternal life through Jesus Christ. This life in Christ is indestructible because God is indestructible, therefore death cannot conquer the possessor. It is life that is liberated from fear which would otherwise haunt us, because perfect love casts out fear, and God is love.
It is a life that is filled with power and victory, because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. It is a life that takes every opportunity to love and serve one another. It is a life that overcomes the world because we believe and are fully persuaded that Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, came in the flesh to save us.
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