Here Are Some Absolutes - Lesson 11
1 John 5:1-9 (NLT2)
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ that has become a child of God. And 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. 6 And 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 blood. 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. 9 Since we believe in human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son.
To become a child of God, you must believe that Jesus is the Christ – that is Messiah, the Sent One. Everyone who believes this truth is a child of God. Additionally, everyone who loves the Father also loves His children. This is the basis of a relationship with God, the entrance into His family. The next truth is that if you love God’s children, you love Him and obey His commandments. Loving God means keeping His commandments which are never burdensome. God’s children are in constant conflict with this evil world, and they achieve victory through their faith, believing that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus revealed Himself by three witnesses: baptism in water, shedding His blood on the cross, and the testimony of the Spirit.
John urges us to believe God’s testimony about His Son, Jesus, because we believe various testimonies among people.