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5 Certainties – Blog and Podcast

July 27, 2018

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How many things are there in our lives that we truly KNOW? In an era of fake news, social media campaigns and ultra-partisan politics, facts seem to be up to interpretation and up for much debate. The old saying is that there are only two things we can be assured of in life: death and taxes. While those are realities, there are many things that we can truly know, but only if you really know the Truth, if you know the Lord.

In our text for today from I John 5, John gives us five things that we can know, that we can be sure of. We will call them five certainties.

Are certainties important? Do you want to put your faith and trust into something that you can’t be totally sure of?  When you are operating in certainty, you can operate with much more confidence, much more passion and much more surrender. That’s where we should strive to be in our Christian walk – surrendered and yielded to God’s desire and design.

I John 5:13-21,13 I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have before him: If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of him. 16 If anyone sees a fellow believer committing a sin that doesn’t lead to death, he should ask, and God will give life to him—to those who commit sin that doesn’t lead to death. There is sin that leads to death. I am not saying he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin that doesn’t lead to death. 18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not sin, but the one who is born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world is under the sway 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 the true one. We are in the true one—that is, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

Let’s look at 5 certainties that John gives us in this passage…

  1. We can be certain that we have eternal life (v13). What is eternal life? Is it just the life to come? When Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gesthemane, just before His arrest, he said in John 17:3, “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and the one you have sent – Jesus Christ. That tells me that eternal life begins for the Christian at the time of receiving Christ. My eternal life has already begun. His Word has said it. It’s a certainty.
  2. We can be certain that God answers prayer (v14-17). John addresses 3 aspects of prayer in this passage.
    1. We can have confidence in prayer. God wants us to come confidently to the throne. This assurance is fuel for our prayer.
    2. Condition – If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. So how do we pray in His will? First of all, we must be willing to surrender to His will as He reveals it to us. Secondly, we trust the Word, which tells us in Romans 8:26, “In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should…”
    3. Certainty –The text tells us we can be certain that He hears us and that He answers prayer. His Word promises it.
  3. We can be certain that we have victory over sin (v18). “We know that everyone has been born of God does not sin, but the one who is born of God keeps him.” “So preacher, are you saying that after I come to know Christ, that nothing I do is called sin? I can do whatever I want?” No, that’s not what John is saying at all. John is speaking of the permanence of the sinful condition. No longer can your sin keep you from an eternity with Christ. No longer is spiritual death a threat to you.
  4. We can be certain that we belong to God (v19). “We know we are of God, and the world is under the sway of the evil one”. John declares that only two types of people exist in the world: children of God and children of Satan. Children of Satan can be redeemed and become Children of God, but once we are a child of God, our status can never be changed. God’s Word affirms it. It is certain.
  5. We can be certain that we know Christ (v20-21). If the Holy Spirit has quickened your spirit, made you aware that you are a sinner, convicted you of our sin and you have received Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can be assured that you know Christ.

Are you lacking certainty in any area of your spiritual life? Not only does Jesus want to be Lord and Savior of your life, but He wants you to be certain in your walk. He wants you to have confidence. He wants you to have security. He wants you to trust Him. Child of God, if you know Him, then you can be certain that you have eternal life, that God answers prayer, that you have victory over sin, that you belong to God and that you know Christ.

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

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