First John 5:11-21 is John’s encouragement to the believers. He encourages them about everlasting life, prayer, wickedness and understanding. Today we will look at understanding.
Understanding (V 20-21)
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: (1 John 4:2)
Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, (Luke 24:45)
It was not by accident that God gave us his word, the Bible. He gave it to us to be our guide to salvation, growth, wisdom, rebuke, confession, history, and ultimately our final future. He allowed the Holy Spirit to illumine what the Scriptures say. God wanted us to understand the Bible. When we read it, obey it, the Bible will allow us to have victory over Satan and his demons.
Read your Bible, obey it, and see what God will do.
So now a conclusion to what we have studied this week. Remember John wrote this to believers. His intent was for the believers to share these truths with others. You are the others.
We need to be able to articulate:
- Assurance of salvation
- How to pray
- The will of God
- How to pray for brothers in sin
- Sin unto death
- The wickedness of this world
- Understanding of the Scriptures
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001