A Three-Part Test for Assurance of Eternal Life
Well, week one of 1 John is in the books. I hope an overview of the whole letter helps makes sense of the pieces. John gave his audience a three part test to assure them that they had eternal life. The test of belief is all about believing in and confessing the right Jesus, the historical 100% God-man. The test of obedience is about matching your talk with your walk. This is how we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. The test of love is paramount because if you cannot love your brother or sister you can see there is no way you can love God who you can’t see. Here is the thing about these tests. This is profoundly important. They are EVIDENCE, not the ground, that you and I have the eternal life that is only found in the person and finished work of Christ. The ground of our assurance is Christ alone. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other grounds are sinking sand.
P.S. If you haven’t downloaded the 1 John Devotional, link has been included below. Hard copies will be available soon.
1 John Devotional Resource