by Roger Thomas

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1 John: Life in the Son (25 of 29)
Series: Through the New Testament
Roger Thomas
1 John 5:11-13

These three verses near the end of 1 John provide a bird's eye view of the entire book. Note the five indisputable facts contained in these lines:

Fact 1: God gives eternal life. Eternal life is more than living long. It is a quality of life. The Greeks had two words for life. Bios described physical life. Zoe referred to something more. It was life that was more than existence. The difference between the two is the difference between adding years to your life and life to your years. God gives more than existence. He offers an abundant life.

Note that it is God who gives this life. We can't manufacture it on our own. We can't buy, bargain for, or earn it. Real life is a gift from God.

Fact 2: This life is in his Son. The Son refers to Jesus Christ, the self-revelation of God in human flesh. This is a startling truth. The Son was begotten of the Father, not made. He and the Father are one. What Jesus revealed in his life is the means to our eternal life.

Fact 3: He who has the Son has life. To have means to believe in, not in the sense of just knowing facts about him, but trusting him. At its root, saving faith is believing Jesus, not just believing about, but actually believing him, taking him at his word. This is a personal knowledge and relationship that no one can do for us. Our parents can't have the Son for us. We can't believe in the Son for our spouse or our kids.

Fact 4: He who does not have the Son of God does not have life. This is an unhappy truth. Not everyone who walks this earth will walk the streets of heaven. No amount of wishing or hoping can take away the reality of eternal death and separation from God. People without the Son may have a pulse, but they don't have an eternal future with their Maker.

Fact 5: You may know that you have eternal life. This doesn't say you may hope that you have eternal life. Or you may someday aft ...

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