I John 5:18-20

As he comes closer to the end of his letter John continues to heap encouragement on his readers.  Since verse 13 he has concentrated his teaching on things we know as believers and the assurance that comes from that knowledge.  In this passage he adds three more amazing promises.  He is finishing in a fury […]

I John 5:16-17

After discussing the amazing promise that God always answers prayers according to His will, John tells his readers they can use the power of prayer for more than just themselves.  As believers who come confidently before God, we can ask Him to give life to a brother who sins and He will do it.  But […]

I John 5:14-15

These verses come right out of the promise of verse 13.  If we know we have eternal life, then we know we can come before God in confidence when we pray.  As John comes to the end of his letter he focuses on the promises he most wants his readers to understand.  Combined with verse […]

I John 5:13

This verse is a transition between verses 6-12 and 14-17.  After John ends his thoughts about the threefold witness of Christ’s identity in verses 6-12 by explaining that those who have the Son have eternal life, he summarizes that idea with this verse.  Then he begins a new thought in verse 14 about the confidence […]

I John 5:6-12

John continues his thought from verse 5 (we overcome the world when we believe that Jesus is the Son of God) by launching into an explanation of why we can believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the assurance that comes from that belief.  It is reasonable to believe in Jesus because of […]

I John 5:1-5

Throughout the letter John has focused on three tests for the believer – three tests of assurance.  The child of God must believe that Jesus is the Messiah (2:18-27, 3:23, 4:1-6, 4:15), the child of God must obey God’s commands (2:3-6, 2:28-3:10, 3:24), and the child of God must love God and his brothers (2:7-11, […]

Three Birthdays, Three Christmases

It all started with Rocky Kauffman.  I was 11 years old, just shy of my 12th birthday and in sixth grade.  Rocky invited me over to spend the night at his house.  Rocky’s dad had a little money so Rocky’s house was bigger and nicer than mine and he had more stuff.  AND, Rocky’s parents […]