That You May Know (1 John 5:13-21)

Greetings, readers! (Yes, you qualify as a reader. I think.)

In case you have not noticed, my posting frequency has been changing. As my school year ends, I’ve trimmed how often I post, over the summer I’ll be posting once a week each Tuesday, and possibly a fun random posts at other times, just keep your eyes out. And, as always keep commenting and sharing your cool ideas!

Anyhow, this is the final post in the study I’ve been doing through the book of first John. It has been a really good study.

I want you to know, that what I’ve been calling a “study” has simply been me, reading a passage, then writing my thoughts and sharing it in a post right here.

If you have been reading along, you probably noticed that we have only skimmed the surface of things. There are much further depths to be reached, through more extensive studies. I challenge you to read through the book of first John, grab a pen, some paper. Write down your thoughts, reflect on them, and open up your mind to work in your life to make you more Christ-like.

For the final post, in this series, I have three points I found that I think John is sharing in the last portion of this first letter.

Feel free to read through the passage.

[13] 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. [14] And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. [15] 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. [16] 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. [17] All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death. [18] 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. [19] We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. [20] 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. [21] Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:13-21 ESV)

The Purpose of John’s writing

John clearly states his purpose for writing first John, so that everyone who believes in Christ Jesus, may know they have eternal life.

John also wants us to have confidence knowing that God hears all our prayers, don’t worry about those problems you pray about, trust God, be confident that God does here your prayer and His plan will be fulfilled.

Confess sin to God

John mentions this many many times in his writing, it is also talked about in lots of other passages throughout the New Testament. If something is stated as much as that, don’t you think it’s important for us? Absolutely!

Not only are we required to confess our sins to God, but the Holy Spirit convicts us until we confess and repent from our sin.

Little Children, keep yourselves from Idols

I love how John said that: “Little children keep yourselves from Idols”. He didn’t make a huge deal about it, or make some long list of things to keep away from, he kept it simple.

Idols, also known as anything that has priority to God. Maybe it’s Facebook, or Instagram, it could be the people you spend time with, or it could be something totally different, I think you get the point. Anything that you think is more important than your relationship with Christ, is considered an Idol.

Things that are more important in our minds than God, are extremely dangerous because they have the power to get a foothold in our thinking and to warp our minds, distracting us from the truth.

So, as John said, keep yourselves from Idols.

-Zachary

 

 

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9 thoughts on “That You May Know (1 John 5:13-21)

  1. It is a great reminder about staying away from idols. Good point that an idol is anything that gets between us and God.
    I also like the verses that say we have anything we ask for if we ask according to God’s will. I have to remember that I get only what God wants me to have, not just what I think is best. I have to trust His wisdom in what I need.
    Enjoying your studies and input.

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