Believe That Jesus is the Christ. Love the Begotten of God. Love God. Keep His Commandments. Overcome the World. Utilize the Faith of God to Be Victorious. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Have the Witness of the Spirit. Have the Three-Fold Witness, the Witness of the Spirit, Water Baptism, and the Application of the Blood to Cleanse From All Sin. Be Certain You Have Jesus. Know That You Have Eternal Life. . Ask Things in Prayer That You Know Are the Will of God. Win Backsliders Back to the Lord. Do Not Practice Sin. Know That You Belong to God. Believe in Jesus as God. Abstain from Idols.
(1 Jn. 5:1-21 NLT) “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God's children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and really, that isn't difficult. For every child of God defeats this evil world by trusting Christ to give the victory. And the ones who win this battle against the world are the ones who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
And Jesus Christ was revealed as God's Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross — not by water only, but by water and blood. And the Spirit also gives us the testimony that this is true. So we have these three witnesses — the Spirit, the water, and the blood — and all three agree. Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. All who believe in the Son of God know that this is true. Those who don't believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don't believe what God has testified about his Son.
And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. So whoever has God's Son has life; whoever does not have his Son does not have life.
I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.
If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it. Every wrong is sin, but not all sin leads to death.
We know that those who have become part of God's family do not make a practice of sinning, for God's Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them. We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one.
And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we are in God because we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts.”
What a powerful display of God’s power and authority is displayed in the above commandments of the Apostle John. Even in this one chapter, our whole pattern for Christian behavior is entirely covered! What a challenge! What a display of the whole counsel of God!
You and I, even from this one chapter, are challenged, amazingly, by John to Christian Perfection! We are not to indulge in a sinful behavior of any kind, but we are to be totally dedicated to God Almighty through His Son, Jesus Christ!
John finalizes his thoughts in this chapter for his whole Book of the Scripture, on the blameless goal of behavior for every child of the King. What an impact each one of us will make on our World for the Kingdom of God if we simply implement these directives in our every day lives! Let’s accept the challenge! With God’s help we can do it!!!Write to Pastor Strader to request his book