We’re living through a time of great uncertainty. Economically, politically, socially, morally. America is awash in uncertainty. I’m sure that everyone reading these words is facing some kind of uncertainty. It may be a health concern, a wayward child, a job, or seeking God’s will.
As believers, we deal in certainties in an uncertain world. It is an offense to people to say that you are certain about things. It’s really an intolerable position to take, but it’s the truth. The Bible is a book of absolutes; it’s a book of certainties. We are certain how the universe began. We are certain how it will end. We are certain about the elements that make for good human relationships. We are certain about what is right and what is wrong. We are certain about what is necessary to go to heaven. We are certain there is a hell and certain how people get there. We are certain about God’s promises, certain about His Son the Savior, certain about his substitutionary death, His literal resurrection, and certain about His Second Coming.
Here in John’s letter, the apostle has written a letter of assurance. John writes that we might know with absolute certainty about some important things, not the least of which is eternal life. We can KNOW that we have eternal life (vs. 13).
You can know the most important thing in all of life for absolutely certainty. There need not be any doubt in your mind. For thousands of years, people have gone to eternity hoping they’ve been good enough when Scripture is very clear that it can be known.
Nothing can change it, life’s contingencies don’t alter it. You know by faith in the Son of God that you have eternal life.
In 1 John 1:4 John writes, “These things we write so that our (your) joy may be made complete.” The only way you’ll have complete joy is to have complete assurance of your salvation. Our faith is not a hope so, it’s a know so. It’s not wishful thinking, it’s not pie in the sky. God has spoken and what God has spoken is true.
How about you? Are you living with apprehensions and doubts or is your eternal life a settled reality? Go back and reread John’s letter and allow God to speak to you through His Spirit to give you the assurance you need.