He believes the Lord Jesus means what He says, and takes Him at His Word. But, then, you must believe God’s testimony about His Son. (Expositor's Greek). It sweetens his bitter cups, it lessens the burden of his crosses, it smooths the rough places over which he travels, and it lightens the valley of the shadow of death. They do not seem to comprehend that there is a wide difference between our justification and our sanctification. Woolnoth, London. • "We know that when he appears, we shall be like him" (1 Jn 3:2). 13 The least degree of faith takes away the sting of death, because it takes away guilt; but the full assurance of faith breaks the very teeth and jaws of death, by taking away the fear and dread of it.”-Fairclough’s Sermon in the Morning Exercises. xiii. Hath he lost an only child? If I am meek, gentle, and forgiving; if I have a spirit filled with peace and joy; if I am long-suffering and gentle, like the Son of God—that is a test: and in that way we are to tell whether we have eternal life or not. Assurance comes with growth. “If therefore any of you be in the dark about your own election, be not discouraged; it may be, though you do not know it.”-Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Robert Traill, Minister of the Gospel in London, and sometime at Cranbrook Kent. “Assurance is requisite to the well-being of a Christian, but not to the being; it is requisite to the consolation of a Christian, but not to the salvation of a Christian; it is requisite to the well-being of grace, but not to the mere being of grace. That they cannot receive it is certainly no marvel. You will never get it without diligence, however much you may desire it. iii. "To know with settled intuitive knowledge." I do not dispute it for a moment. “Are you in depths and doubts, staggering and uncertain, not knowing what is your condition, nor whether you have any interest in the forgiveness that is of God? The Assurance of Conversion - Octavius Winslow, Spurgeon's pastoral wisdom in dealing with a woman lacking assurance, A Test of Assurance - How We Know Whether We Love God - Thomas Watson, Assurance of Grace and Salvation - What It Is - William S Plumer, The Assurance of Hope - John Angell James, 1859, Obedience to Christ Gives Assurance of the Truth of His Doctrines Archibald Alexander, See lengthy article on Eternal Life - Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Eternal Life - Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Eternal Life - Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Lay aside your doubts. Secure that land to them by every needful legal instrument; let it be conveyed as freehold to them and theirs for ever; let the conveyance be publicly registered, and the property made sure to them by every deed and security that man’s ingenuity can devise. Then again: look at what He is, and at what He has done; not at what you are, and what you have done. Seek to be able to say with Paul, “I know whom I have believed: I am persuaded that He is mine, and I am His.”, You have very likely tried other ways and methods and completely failed. In this way assurance makes him patient in tribulation, calm under bereavements, unmoved in sorrow, not afraid of evil tidings; in every condition content, for it gives him a FIXEDNESS of heart. You forsake your own mercies when you rest content without it. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. Bear that in mind. He has a hope, however faint, but you have none at all. Even at this, some would limit the referent of tauta (these things) (1) only to 1Jn 5:1–12 [As does A T Robertson] or even 1Jn 5:12, but more likely tauta (these things) in 1Jn 5:13 refers (2) to the entirety of the letter, for two reasons: (a) based on the structural analogy with the Gospel of John, where the conclusion refers to all that has preceded (Ed: Presumably they refer to Jn 20:31), it is probable that the conclusion to 1 John refers likewise to all that has preceded; and (b) the statement These things I have written to you in 1Jn 5:13 forms an inclusion with the statement these things we write (kai tauta graphomen hēmeis) at the end of the prologue (1Jn 1:4) and encompasses the entire body of the letter. 1784. He attends to our interests at the very best place—the throne of God. The last ceremonies have been gone through. 8 “The greatest thing that we can desire, next to the glory of God, is our own salvation; and, the sweetest thing we can desire is the assurance of our salvation. Begin with simple believing, and all other things shall soon be added to you.16. If Queen Mary gives me my life, I will thank her; if she will banish me, I will thank her; if she will burn me, I will thank her; if she will condemn me to perpetual imprisonment, I will thank her.”. Your salvation is a fixed and certain thing. You can know because God’s testimony about His Son is trustworthy. 1 John 5:13. 18. “The least faith marries the soul to Christ. All saints shall enjoy a heaven when they leave this earth; some saints enjoy a heaven while they are here on earth.”-Joseph Caryl. The two things are incompatible. There is a beautiful expression in the Prayer-book service for the Visitation of the Sick: “The Almighty Lord, who is a most strong tower to all them that put their trust in Him, be now and evermore thy defence, and make thee know and feel that there is none other name under heaven, through whom thou mayest receive health and salvation, but only the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”, The compilers of that service showed great wisdom there. “Give diligence,” says Peter, “to make your calling and election sure.” (2 Peter 1:10.) Faith is Saul praying in the house of Judas at Damascus, sorrowful, blind, and alone. • "We know that [God] hears us" (1 Jn 5:15). 14. “A crown,” he says, “is laid up for me.” “The Lord Himself shall give it to me.” He speaks as if he saw it all with his own eyes. 1 John 5:13 Translation & Meaning. 5:18; 1 Jn. There are no gains without pains in spiritual things, any more than in temporal. Is it possible to be sure your sins are forgiven? (Acts xxiv. It puts out the eye of the soul, or dimmeth it and stupifies it, that it can neither see nor feel its own condition. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 9. With grief and sorrow I feel constrained to say, I fear nothing in this day more frequently prevents men attaining an assured hope than this. Has He failed in His mission? Because one goal or one misplay can change the game’s outcome, I feel a constant tension as I watch. ", Eternal life - used 41x in 41v with over 50% of uses by John - Matt 19:16, 29; 25:46; Mark 10:17, 30; Luke 10:25; 18:18, 30; John 3:15-16, 36; 4:14; 5:24, 39; 6:27, 40, 47, 54, 68; 10:28; 12:50; 17:2-3; Acts 13:46, 48; Rom 2:7; 5:21; 6:22f; Gal 6:8; 1 Tim 1:16; 6:12; Titus 1:2; 3:7; 1John 1:2; 2:25; 3:15; 5:11, 13, 20; Jude 1:21, HELPING PEOPLE HAVE And let me say that this principle is recognized in courts of justice. Turn to 1 John 5:13, he there tells us why he wrote this Epistle: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God.” Notice to whom he writes it: “You that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” There are only five short chapters in this first Epistle, and the word “know” occurs over forty times. They are all more than conquerors through Him that loved them.” (Rom. I have no speculations! Undivided attention will always attain the greatest success. This shall give you more real comfort than the world has ever done. 1. i. One thing is the tree, and another thing is the fruit of the tree: one thing is faith, and another thing is the fruit of faith. !” The Key to it is KNOW! In his Gospel there are only two chapters in which the word “believe” does not occur. Family love is a part of nature. 5. “A man may have saving grace in him, and not perceive it himself; a man may have true justifying faith in him, and not have the use and operation of it, so far as to work in him a comfortable assurance of his reconciliation with God. 1642. The only way to get the fruit is to have the Spirit. Footnotes (Revision and footnotes from Tony Capoccia - Bible Bulletin Board). He remembered that anchor within the veil, which is both “sure and steadfast.” He remembered the word, and work, and constant intercession of Him that loved him and gave Himself for him. “Weak faith will as surely land the Christian in heaven as strong faith, for it is impossible the least dram of true grace should perish, being all incorruptible seed; but the weak, doubting Christian is not like to have so pleasant a voyage thither as another with strong faith. They do not like others to feel comfortable and sure, because they never feel so themselves. Now will keep me to the end; “Many formerly, and those of the highest remark and eminency, have placed true faith in no lower degree than assurance, or the secure persuasion of the pardon of their sins, the acceptation of their persons, and their future salvation. Some there be that say, ‘Thou art our God,’ of whom God never said, You are my people; these have no authority to be called the sons of God: others there are, of whom God saith, ‘These are my people,’ yet they dare not call God ‘their God;’ these have authority to be called the Sons of God, yet know it not. Such an one is not fit to work for God, because he has besetting sins; and he has not the victory over his doubts, because he has not the victory over his sins. These things are not peace, are not assurance; but they are part of the means God hath appointed for the attainment of them.”-Owen on the 130th Psalm. Assurance is Job, sitting in the dust, covered with sores, and saying, “I know that my Redeemer liveth.” (Job 19:25.) (Mt. 1 John 5:12, KJV: "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." 1795. 7), so to him that knows he believes Christ is so much the more precious, even the ‘chiefest of ten thousand.’” (Cant. The best of servants can give you but a faint idea of that glorious Master. If you knew that in fifteen minutes you would have to stand in judgment before the Holy God and learn your eternal destiny, what would your reaction be? (2 Cor. Our justification is a perfect finished work, and admits of no degrees. He could say with boldness, “I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith.” I do not wonder that the Lord enabled him to add with confidence, “Henceforth there is a crown laid up for me, and the Lord shall give it me at that day.”, Reader, if any believer in the Lord Jesus desires assurance, and has not got it, let him think over this point also. Christ and His apostles lived in the air of certainty… The epistles glow with the truth that we may know we possess salvation. Assurance always keeps the heart in a lowly posture; but presumption is bred of pride. If our sins have been put away, that is the end of them. Bishop Ryle has strikingly said: “Faith is the root, and Assurance the flower. 1-3 John- MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Word Studies from the Greek New Testament, A Believer's Assurance- A Practical Guide to Victory over Doubt, 1.1. (2 Peter 1:10. The bruised reed is but weak, yet it is such as Christ will not break. 1660. 19 “Wouldest thou have thy hope strong?-Then keep thy conscience pure. ), Does not Paul say to the Romans, “I am persuaded that neither life, nor death, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, not height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”? Can you forgive an injury, or take an affront, as Christ did? Paul gives us the firm assurance that since we died with Christ, we KNOW we will also live with Him. 1 John 5:3, KJV: "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." “Restore unto me,” says David, “the joy of Thy salvation; then will I teach transgressors Thy ways.” (Psalm 51:12. 8. Christ loseth none of them; yea, nothing of them. Some people say that you never can tell till you are before the great white throne of Judgment whether you are saved or not. We are saved by God’s mercy, not by our merit—by Christ’s dying, not by our doing. Drooping spirits may be believers. It leaves us slowly, gradually, and not till after many days. Using the tools John has provided in this letter, a Christian can be confident in their salvation. 1.) God has given us His sure word that our faith might be firmly grounded on Biblical truth. Are you hungering after righteousnes? I will ask you to mark it well. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.” (Isa. 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched —this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. Immediately she saw the light and exclaimed, “Oh, I didn’t realize what I was saying. Assurance would be as wings to the bird, as weights to the clock, to set all the wheels of obedience a-running.”-Thomas Watson. A believer who lacks an assured hope will spend much of his time in inward searchings of heart about his own state. 1 John 5:13(KJV) Verse Thoughts The apostle John loved his Lord and throughout his writings sought to bring others to a knowledge of the Lord Jesus and to trust in … 20. 1.) It is through the Spirit that believers know the reality of God's presence in their lives (1 John 4:13 ). Quench not the Spirit. There was a man who owed $10,000, and would have been made a bankrupt, but a friend came forward and paid the sum. God hath given him His only Son. ), And again, “We are always confident, knowing that whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.” (2 Cor. That sounds wonderful, I dare say, but it is true. It is a supplement to the Gospel, a personal application and appeal. I pass on to the third thing of which I spoke. ), Does not Peter say expressly, “Give diligence to make your calling and election sure”? 8; 2 Sam. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13.). I believe that many excellent ministers of the Gospel, at whose feet I would gladly sit, do not allow the distinction I have stated. The man that most fully enjoys the light of God’s reconciled countenance, will be a man tremblingly afraid of losing its blessed consolations, and jealously fearful of doing anything to grieve the Holy Ghost. This was Rutherford’s experience, when banished to Aberdeen. I pass on to the second thing I spoke of. Seek an assured hope of salvation like the Apostle Paul’s. Reader, consider this point well. Satan, with all his malice, shall never pluck them out of Christ’s hand. Would you smoke and pace? God is going to save us so that neither men, angels, nor devils, can bring any charge against us or Him. When the assured Christian hath done one work, he is calling out for another. (Mt. I know some great and good men have held a different opinion. ), Assurance will enable a man to sleep with the full prospect of death on the morrow, like Peter in Herod’s dungeon. 6. But then he had a still deeper sense of the length and breadth of Christ’s righteousness imputed to him.-He, who would cry, “O wretched man that I am” (Rom. Terrors may ‘almost persuade;’ love over-persuades. )4, Reader, you may be sure that Paul was the last man in the world to build his assurance on anything of his own. Although we will focus on verses 14-15, we want to include verse 13 as context. There are lengths and breadths of peace and consolation there, which it has not entered into your heart to conceive. Second; those are not willing to do God’s will; who are not ready to take the place that God has mapped out for them, but want to fill some other place. All rights reserved. Oh, that you were wise! “Though your grace be never so weak, yet if ye have truth of grace, you have as great a share in the righteousness of Christ for your justification as the strong Christian hath. (A T Robertson). We are beloved in Christ, and the least measure of faith makes us members of Christ. The lowest degree of true faith wilt do it; as Romans x. He that goes on a journey with little money about him takes little thought of danger, and cares little how late he travels. The proclamation was put up on the trees and fences wherever the Northern Army marched. Never let us make the gate more strait and the way more narrow than pride and love of sin have made it already. The devil whispers, “Perhaps, after all, you are only a hypocrite: what right have you to take a decided course? It only remains to receive the death-blow, and then all is over. What is justification? When she reached the part where they went out searching for him, Billy began to relive the story. I have fought that good battle with the world, the flesh, and the devil, from which so many shrink and draw back. I feel that I am treading on very difficult ground, and that it is easy to speak rashly and unscripturally in this matter. 1634. Yes, I do believe what God has declared.” At last her heart found rest. There is no rest, joy, or peace—no liberty, nor power—where doubts and uncertainty exist. KJV_Strongs 13 G5023 These things G1125 have I written G5213 unto you G4100 that believe G1519 on G3686 the name G5207 of the Son G2316 of God G2443; that G1492 ye may know G3754 that ye G2192 have G166 eternal G2222 life G2532, and G2443 that G4100 ye may believe G1519 on G3686 the name G5207 of the Son G2316 of God. It will teach him to say, “I know that I have in heaven a better and more enduring substance. It is only when we look fixedly on Christ that we find perfect peace. 16 “That which breeds so much perplexity is, that we would invert God’s order. Genuine belief does involve an intellectual assent and consent of one's mind, but also includes an act of one's heart and will. But all this time, I would have you take notice, the poor soul may have no full assurance of his pardon and acceptance with God. “If the ground of our assurance rested in and on ourselves, it might justly be called presumption; but the Lord and the power of His might being the ground thereof, they either know not what is the might of His power, or else too lightly esteem it, who account assured confidence thereon presumption.”-Gouge’s Whole Armour of God. "Well," he answered, "Jesus Christ died for the whole world." Yet here is a mortal man who can look calmly into the narrow house appointed for all living, and say, while he stands upon the brink, “I see it all, and am not afraid.”. They are beyond the power of hell. It will enable him to say, “If my earthly house fail, I have a building of God.” (2 Cor. They seemed to live to labour. Perhaps the Lord sees something in the natural temperament of some of His children, which makes assurance not good for them. God forbid. There is never any deliberation, ‘May we build here?’ but they bring their sticks and make their nest. Many Christians lack the joy and assurance of their salvation because they will not take God at His word. "I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe." 1 John 5:13-17 New International Version (NIV) Concluding Affirmations. How can I have assurance of my salvation? And the late learned Arrowsmith tells us, that God seldom bestows assurance upon believers till they are grown in grace: for, says he, there is the same difference between faith of recumbence and faith of assurance, as is between reason and learning. It is the slander of the world to think assurance an idle doctrine.”-Manton’s Exposition of James. I believe it ought to be our continual aim and desire to go forward; and our watchword at the beginning of every year should be, “More and more” (1 Th 4:1): more knowledge,-more faith,-more obedience,-more love. 3:2; 1 Jn. Take His yoke upon you, and learn of Him. To "know that we have eternal life" is the sure way to "joy in God." But if we trust in Christ to save us, (1Jn 3:19-note). By grace we are saved,-not by works of righteousness,-through faith,-without the deeds of the law. Another good test is to read Galatians 5:22-23+, and notice the fruits of the Spirit; and see if you have them. Begin with implicit trusting. There is bread enough and to spare in our Father’s house, though many of us certainly eat but little of it, and continue weak. ‘For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” (2Ti 1:12-note), Earlier John had described how his readers could be confident that they were genuine believers - "We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure (peitho - be persuaded or confident in) our heart before Him." They seem to fancy that grace is given them that they may enjoy it, and they forget that it is given, like a talent, to be used, employed, and improved. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.” (1 John 3:18, 19. Who is he that condemneth?” (Ro 8:33, 34.) God hath made a separation between joy and idleness, between assurance and laziness, and therefore it is impossible for thee to bring these together, that God hath put so far asunder.”-Thomas Brooks. Assurance can be linked to faith and faithfulness (Hebrews 10:22 ), because it is one of the ways that the biblical writers describe an authentic relationship with God. Cultivate that blessed root more, and sooner or later, by God’s blessing, you may hope to have the flower, You may not, perhaps, attain to full assurance all at once. They may be sure of heaven, and yet in their own sense not assured of heaven.”-Sermons by Rev. None, generally speaking, do so much for Christ on earth as those who enjoy the fullest confidence of a free entrance into heaven. The feeblest member of Christ would not change conditions with you. ), Faith is the penitent thief, crying, “Lord, remember me.” (Luke 23:42.) “A man may have true grace that hath not the assurance of the love and favour of God, or the remission of his sins, and salvation of his soul. 5. I will do it very shortly. Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labour is not in vain in the Lord. I. He calls us “friends.” If you go into a house you will soon see the difference between the servant and the son. The will of the Lord is our sanctification, and it ought to be our will too. That is the way to examine ourselves whether we are the children of God. The New Testament letter of 1 John was written to give believers the assurance of salvation. To believe and have a glimmering hope of acceptance is one thing; to have joy and peace in our believing, and abound in hope, is quite another. from Spurgeongems webstie, Heaven On Earth-A Serious Discourse Concerning a Well-Grounded Assurance-Thomas Brooks (1667), Assurance of Salvation from John Newtons Letters. 6:11.) “I desire to depart and be with Christ.” (Phil. Those who know God and love others show evidence … It is no pride; it is devotion. 1660. 13. 5:13; 1 Jn. — Reprinted by permission. They are washed. Would you like to feel the everlasting arms around you, and to hear the voice of Jesus daily drawing nigh to your soul, and saying, “I am thy salvation”?-Would you like to be a useful labourer in the vineyard in your day and generation?-Would you be known of all men as a bold, firm, decided, single-eyed, uncompromising follower of Christ?-Would you be eminently spiritually-minded and holy?-I doubt not some readers will say, “These are the very things our hearts desire. Wesley replied that he was sure that provision had been made for his salvation. Then you too will have a know-so salvation. 14:31.) He who could write himself down “chief of sinners” (1 Tim.1:15) had a deep sense of his own guilt and corruption. In the fourteenth verse the apostle says: “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God.” (Ro 8:14+) Just as the soldier is led by his captain, the pupil by his teacher, or the traveler by his guide; so the Holy Spirit will be the guide of every true child of God. Echo is in the present tense which signifies this is not a transient, on and off possession but a continual possession. 21. of the Gospel, and possibly by another hand. Its tendency, doubtless, is to produce that lively expectation of the Divine favour which will issue in a full confidence. This is to be regretted, and does much harm. “Weak faith may fail in the applying, or in the apprehension and appropriating of Christ’s benefits to a man’s own self. Then the 27th verse, “My sheep hear my voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. The expression these things refers to what has preceded. "But are you sure, Wesley, that you are saved?" It often produces a wavering and unstable walk in following the Lord. But, as for you, if you die as you are, your expectations will all perish. But then he looked away from self to Jesus, and was not afraid. Its sinfulness lies in the fact that it contradicts the word of the one true God and thus attributes falsehood to Him.” Repent of your unbelief, of the audacity of calling the God of truth a liar. John Newton, sometime Vicar of Olney, and Rector of St. Mary’s. 42. Those that believe in Him are not condemned but those that do not believe in Him are condemned already. My work on earth is over. It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Eternal life is "a person's new and redeemed existence in Jesus Christ that is granted by God as a gift to all believers. He declares with unfaltering confidence his firm persuasion that the righteous Judge will give it to him. He that believeth on the Son of God, with such a faith, hath the testimony in himself — Namely, knows by experience, that what God hath testified concerning his Son, and salvation in and through him, is indeed true, being already saved by him from the guilt and power of sin, into the favour and image of God, and a state of communion with him. 1 John 5 The Assurance of Eternal Life - Hailey's Bible Handbook. “Some rob themselves of their own comfort by placing saving faith in full assurance. It offends and annoys them to hear of it. Christ taught this doctrine to His seventy disciples when they returned elated with their success, saying, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name.” (Lk 10:17+) The Lord seemed to check them, and said that He would give them something to rejoice in. “Lord Jesus receive my spirit.” (Acts vii. The apostle John said, "I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life" (1John 5:13, emphasis added). I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: And if the truth make us free, we shall be free indeed. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. Who believe (4100)(pisteuo) means to entrust oneself to an entity (in this case Jesus) in complete confidence. 1. (Word Studies from the Greek New Testament), David Smith - the purpose of the Epistle is not merely that we may have Eternal Life by believing but that we may know that we have it.
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