Description: John declares at the start of this epistle that he and the other Apostles were eye witnesses to the person and work of Christ. Although human testimony is important, John now calls forth the star witness…none other than God Himself. God has declared Jesus to be the Christ and the only way of salvation for sinners. To reject the testimony of God is to call God a liar.
Description: The world has been in anticipation of a Savior since man’s fall in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:15). Christ comes and the anticipated Savior is described to us in 1 John as God’s love for us manifested. The incarnation and the cross is love covered in flesh. We ought to live in light of this truth.
Description: The seventeenth century puritan, Thomas Brooks, wrote that “assurance is a pearl that most want but a crown that few wear.” A Christian with assurance of faith knows that he belongs to Christ, that his sins are forgiven, that God loves him, and that he will enjoy everlasting life. While many assume that it is presumptuous to desire assurance of salvation, Scripture teaches otherwise. In our text this morning the Apostle John provides us the first of three tests so that the Christian may examine himself and rest, assured!