This week we are going to be looking deeper at 1 John 5. Today we’ll be looking at verses 1-12 and what they can mean for our lives today:
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, 4 for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. 5 Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. 7 There are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. 9 If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10 Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
For me, this passage today is an encouragement for each of us, where we are, to look for the evidence and witness of God in all the areas of our lives. We see that witness of God’s presence through the fact that we are loved by God, that we have the gift of baptism and forgiveness and we know Jesus.
But I want us today to remember our baptism. If you are baptized, your baptism is one of the greatest gifts that God can ever give to you. In this gift, you are marked as God’s very own, one for whom He died. You are “branded,” if you will. You have the seal of God upon you.
Now remember, your baptism does no equate salvation. Just because one was baptized does not mean that one has made the decision to follow Jesus. Those are two different acts. Through justifying grace we choose to follow and become a Christian.
Baptism is not so much about what we are choosing to do with God, it is about what God is choosing to do for us. He is choosing to claim us and mark us. It is up to us to choose to follow.
Today, that witness of your baptism is powerful. You are loved. You are valued. You are marked. You mater. God loves you and has claimed you as His very own. You are marked by His amazing love today.
Today, never forget that witness. And follow wherever it leads.
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