How Can I Be Sure That I Have Eternal Life? (11 of 12) by Jonathan McLeod

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How Can I Be Sure That I Have Eternal Life? (11 of 12)
Series: Authentic
Jonathan McLeod
1 John 5:6-13

And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life (vv. 11-12).

SCRIPTURE INTRODUCTION

When John wrote these words, he had a particular situation in mind. The situation involved false teachers who were spreading false teaching about Jesus (though we aren't certain of the exact nature of the false teaching). To be wrong who Jesus is and what he has done, is the most serious error we can make.

[Read 1 John 5:6-13.]

WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT?

What do you have planned for the rest of your summer? In the busyness of life, we sometimes forget about what is most important.

There is nothing more important than having eternal life. How can I be sure that I have eternal life?

A PERPLEXING PASSAGE

To what do ''the water and the blood'' refer (v. 6)? Gary Burge writes that ''First John 5:6 is perhaps the most perplexing verse in all of the Johannine letters.'' The most common interpre-tation is that ''the water'' refers to the baptism of Jesus, and ''the blood'' refers to his crucifixion. Since John's opponents apparently didn't agree with him on ''the blood'' (''not by the water only, but by the water and the blood''), it could be that they were deemphasizing the cross.

Why does the KJV contain a statement about the Trinity (v. 7) that is not found in modern translations? The KJV reads, ''For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.'' Most Greek manuscripts don't include these words, and undoubtedly they were not in John's original letter.

HAVING ETERNAL LIFE

''And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life'' (v. 11). Eternal life is not something we receive when we die; it's a present possession. ''Gave'' is in the past tense. John is writ ...


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