Toward the end of his first epistle, the Apostle John provides assurance of salvation to believers by distinguishing between sincere faith and cursory interest. Alistair Begg turns our attention to John’s comforting words, which teach us that those who have genuine faith will be known by the sacrificial nature of their love and obedience. Faith in the historical reality of Christ, the Bible reminds us, leads to certainty in our salvation and victory that “overcomes the world.”
1Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 4For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.