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1 John 5 - So You Know

Christianity is way more than a warm, fuzzy feeling- it's the exclusive source of truth that you can know.

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1 John 5 Summary

John does not want there to be any doubt amongst the churches about their salvation. Notice how many times in this short letter he's written something along the lines of so that you may know, including four times here in chapter 5:

  • v2 - By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.

  • v13 - may know that you have eternal life.

  • v19 - We know that we are from God,

  • v20 - And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding...

One of the things that sets Christianity apart from all other religions is that you can know and not just feel. If your salvation was based on you doing enough good things to counteract the bad things you've done, you'd never really know if you've done enough. Or if your salvation depended on how you felt about God or yourself on an ongoing basis, some days you'd be very certain of eternal life, and other days you'd be convinced you're not included.