The Word of Life
Passage: 1 John 1:1–1:4
The Word of Life
March 12, 2017
Pastor David Lovi
First John was written by one of Jesus’ best friends. The same person who wrote the Gospel of John and who calls himself "the one whom Jesus loved." He was the son of Zebedee; the fisherman, and the brother of James one of the early leaders in the church. John himself was one of the early leaders in the church. Jesus called John and James, the Sons of Thunder.
John was a passionate man. The Lord worked on his heart and changed John—his demeanor. Not giving him less passion, but tempering it with love.
In this letter we’re going to see a man who has grown a lot in his walk with Christ. He was warm-hearted and pastoral. John writes his first letter, the letter we’re going to study now, to instruct the church about what true Christianity looks like in practice. These are really the vital signs of the Christian life.
He wants to give believers a foundation for our assurance.
1 John 5:13
I write these things to you who believe in the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.
That is an amazing and wonderful statement. We can know with certainty that we have eternal life if we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
There are so many so-called Christian denominations don’t teach that. That teach you cannot have assurance. You always have to be worrying if you can lose your salvation or not.
There’s a problem with that. If we have eternal life and we can lose it, then it’s not eternal. It’s temporary life then. It’s conditional life.
Eternal life means it lasts forever.
And John says we can know if we have that life or if we don’t. That’s what this book is about. So wonderful!
What peace and confidence and assurance that can give us in a time of uncertainty like today.
John was writing during great persecution and this was the very thing God’s people needed to understand.
You can know that no matter what happens, no matter if Caesar’s soldiers come and seize you and take your family away, or put you on a cross, or chop your head off, you can have assurance your destiny is secure in Jesus Christ.
It’s the same message we need to hear today. We don’t have soldiers coming into our church to arrest us now.
We still need peace in our lives—the peace of knowing my life is secure in the hands of Jesus Christ. I don’t really have to worry about anything because in Him I have eternal life.
May the Lord speak to us through the Word today. May we also come to have the same assurance John wants us to have.