Do You Know the Truth and Reject What is False?
Three Absolutes Christians Can Hold onto and Find Joy In
by J.M. Troppello
This passage from I John 5:18-21 is titled Knowing the True—Rejecting the False. That’s a very concise, powerful title. According to the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB), “The general idea of this concluding section is that a proper relationship with God results in the confidence of our position in Christ within a hostile world.”
18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. 19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (I John 5:18-21, NKJV)
Three Absolute Truths
There are three absolute truths stated in this passage that the Christian can embrace and find joy in.
Believers are born of God and do not sin.
Believers are of God and are protected from the evil one.
Believers have eternal life and knowledge of Him who is true.
“Does not sin conveys the idea of not practicing sin as a habitual lifestyle. That phrase cannot mean that believers do not sin because John just spoke of seeing a believer sinning (v 1).” [Source: TNSB] As a believer, you will continue to sin in this life. However, as the reference from the TNSB states, ‘does not sin’ relates to not having a lifestyle where you continually sin.
Take a moment to think about your salvation in the Lord. As a believer, you are born of God. Satan doesn’t touch the believer. You are protected from the evil one. That’s a comforting thought to me, as a Christian. Notice how John states in verse 19 that the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. That’s a definitive picture of our world today.
It's also comforting to know that as a believer, God gives you spiritual understanding of who God is and what the Son has done to give you salvation. Truly knowing God in an intimate spiritual relationship is a beautiful thing. I love the statement: This is the true God and eternal life.
John ends this passage by urging the believers to keep themselves from idols. “Idols here may refer to literal idols, foods sacrificed to idols, false ideas in contrast to God’s truth, or the doctrines of false teachers. John has just reminded his readers of the true God (v 20). It is appropriate that he closes by exhorting them to stay away from false gods.” [Source: TNSB]
As you grow in your spiritual walk, it’s vital that you heed that warning to stay away from idols. There can be idols in your life. Anything that takes your perspective off of God and turns it to you or selfish things can become an idol in your life.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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