The Graces That Accompany Assurance - Part One 1 John 5:13-15
Our text for today is found in 1 John 5:13-15; however, I am going to read 1 John 5:13-21. There is going to be a theme that is woven throughout this text so I would like for you to look for it. John says,
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.
We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
Did you notice the theme as we read through it?
John is telling these believers that they can ‘know’ certain things. There are certain things that a believer can be ‘confident’ in.
These Christians had encountered false teachers. These churches had been infiltrated by anti-Christ’s who had perverted the message concerning Christ, they did not love the believers, and they had compromised true righteousness and holiness. All of this left these believers confused. But the apostle John has written to them and he tells them that they can know these wonderful truths.
True believers can know that they have eternal life. John says, “I am writing these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” (13)
True believers can know that when they ask God for anything according to His will, God will hear that prayer. And they can know that if God hears their prayer they have the requests that they have asked of Him. John says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” (14-15)
True believers also know that those who have been born of God will not continue in sin. God will protect them from the evil one. John says, “We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.” (18)
A true believer will know that they are from God and that the whole world likes in the power of the evil one. John says, “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (19)
Finally, a true believer knows that the Son of God has come and has given them understanding, so that they may know Him. John says, “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” (20)
Seven times in these verses John stresses things that a true believer can know and be confident about. Let me ask you a few questions as we begin.
Do you know that you have eternal life? Have you tested yourself to see if you are in the faith?
Are your prayers filled with petitions and requests that you know are according to the will of God? When you pray are you confident that you will have what you have requested and that your prayers have been heard?
Do you know that you cannot continue in sin because you have been born-again and God’s Spirit abides in you? Are you confident that the LORD is protecting you from the power of the evil one?
Finally, do you know that the Son of God has come and given you understanding; so that you can know Him who is true?
A believer who has come to the Scriptures and taken the tests that John has given to us will enjoy great blessings. They will know and be confident about many things. There will be a depth to their way of life and to in their way of thinking that will not be shared by those who have not taken these tests and had their hearts assured before God.
One cannot experience these blessings if they only presume (guess, infer, pretend) to have eternal life. There is a biblical way for a believer to gain this assurance and a believer who has this assurance will experience all these blessings more and more.
Let me plead with each of you that you would engage with the scriptures and take the tests that John has given. When we read the Scriptures and apply them to our lives are spelled out in 1 John 5:13-21. But if we read this letter but do not apply these tests to our lives we will not experience these blessings in a profound and lasting way.
We might be tempted to say that if a person is confident and assured that they have eternal life that they will become prideful, spiritually sluggish, arrogant, sloppy in their sanctification. But 1 John 5:13-21 will teach us that those who know that they have eternal life will be passionate, loving, compassionate, maturing disciples who are producing godly fruit.
Do you desire to have a more passionate prayer life? Co