By LENARD HUEBSCHER
The question is asked: "How can one know for sure that he has eternal life?"
God wants us to know that we have eternal life. The Bible tells us in I John 5:13: "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God."
It is important that a believer have real assurance of eternal life. That was God’s purpose in having the Apostle John write this epistle. It is dangerous, however, to use this verse as a "proof text." It is not apart from the whole context of "these things" which John had written to give such assurance. Because the question must be faced as to what constitutes real belief "on the name of the Son of God."
Many professing Christians might well have a superficial assurance of salvation because of a superficial faith. According to the God-inspired writings of the Apostle John, genuine belief in the Son of God can be tested by "these things" that he had written. Space here permits listing only a few of them, but all are important.
"Whoever keeps His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected. Hereby know we that we are in Him" (I John 2:5).
"You know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him" (2:29).
"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren" (3:14).
"And he who keeps His commandments dwells in Hin, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us" (3:24).
"We know that whosoever is born of God does not continually sin" (5:18).
Such words of assurance do not require that the believer be sinless (note I John 1:8-10). For the Greek tenses imply only that he does not sin habitually.
Nevertheless, there are "Christians" who are comfortable in a nominal profession of faith. They give little outward evidence of that faith. They would do well to examine their faith in light of these tests in the epistle of John – "tests of faith." By these we may "know that we have eternal life."
This Sunday, we are having a evangelist as guest speaker. Their team specializes in helping people with assurance, All are welcome come at 9:45 and 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, Grace Baptist Church 12721 75th St.. North, Stillwater MN 55082 or call (651) 430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net