When we write a letter or an email, somewhere along the line we have to wrap it up.
That's what John is doing in this chapter - wrapping up the Good News he has to tell people about.
He really shuts down the "all roads lead to God" concept, too.
Read & see what you think...
1 John 5
who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God.
everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too.
2 We know we love God's children if we love God and obey his commandments.
3 Loving God means keeping his commandments,
and his commandments are not burdensome.
4 For every child of God defeats this evil world,
and we achieve this victory through our faith.
5 And who can win this battle against the world?
Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
Jesus Christ was revealed as God's Son by his baptism in water and by
shedding his blood on the cross;
not by water only, but by water and
And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony.
7 So we have these three witnesses
8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree.
we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony
that comes from God.
And God has testified about his Son.
who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony
Those who don't believe this are actually calling God a liar
because they don't believe what God has testified about his Son.
11 And this is what God has testified:
He has given us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son.
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God's Son does not have life.
13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.
14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.
15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not
lead to death,
you should pray,
and God will give that person life.
there is a sin that leads to death,
and I am not saying you should pray
for those who commit it.
17 All wicked actions are sin, but not every sin leads to death.
know that God's children do not make a practice of sinning,
Son holds them securely,
and the evil one cannot touch them.
19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.
we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding
so that we can know the true God.
And now we live in fellowship with
the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ.
He is the only true God,
and he is eternal life.
children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your