1 John 5:11-13 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
I know myself to be the eldest son of James and Anne Treloar. Throughout my childhood I lived in three different homes: Weil Street on the North side, Layton Avenue and then Armour Avenue in Cudahy, WI. I have six sisters and one younger brother. My mother gave birth to a stillborn boy – Michael, whom I will meet in Heaven one day.
These are just a few facts about me that you cannot argue. They are a matter of record. God has chosen to make His promise toward us a matter of record as well. God told us what it takes to become a child of God:
John 1:12 “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
The ‘him’ here, is Jesus Christ – the only begotten Son of God. He goes on further to describe how this ‘becoming’ comes about:
John 1:13 “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Of blood – it is not a heritage passed down through the generations
Of the will of the flesh – Any strength that any man may possess cannot work their way into Heaven.
Of the will of man – Sheer desire to want something so badly cannot and will not gain eternal life.
But of God – Herein is the miracle through salvation in Jesus Christ.
It is God who draws us:
John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
To know that we are eternally secure; forever and always once we trust Christ is one of the greatest elements of peace a soul can possess and be possessed of.
In the text this morning, I read a very familiar yet profound truth – that those who trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, will be given the free gift of eternal life. No amount of work that you and I can do; no amount of good we may be able to do can measure up to the pure righteousness of Jesus Christ.
And yet, it is easy to pass over it because it is familiar. To KNOW that I have eternal life, means it is settled in my heart, by faith.
1 Corinthians 15:55-58 “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Having that knowledge of salvation settled in my heart means death is but a door and the grave a resting place for this earthly tabernacle. But my eternal soul has a place of residence in Heaven, forever with Him. Such confidence allows my faith to be stedfast, unmoveable and fruitful in my work with God in this life.
God’s promise is not conditional – depending on how I act, what I do or fail to do. No, it was freely given and freely received. It was born out of unconditional love from God to you and me. Once we are saved, God gives us the ‘down payment’ on that promise – the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 “Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”
Not only am I indwelt by the third person of the Trinity, I am sealed unto the day I am released from this body to rise up in the air to forever be with God in Heaven.
Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
Jesus, himself, tells us that we are in the Father’s hand NEVER to be moved by anything or anyone.
John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
Ol’ smutty face; the devil, fights against every new believer to try to make what they received freely seem conditional. He lies to a soul that sins saying, “How could a ‘child of God’ do what you just did? Say what you just said? Go where you just went…? He is really good at laying on the guilt trip. But praise be to God, God balances guilt with blame – if we accept the blame, He removes the guilt.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Our confession, or agreement with God about our sin, releases a promise that if we do, He will – forgive us and cleanse us.
Forgiveness happened at Calvary. Trusting the shed blood of Jesus Christ means forgiveness for ALL of my sins were paid for on the cross. Cleansing takes place when you and I repent or turn from the path of the present sin and go on in righteousness that that which separated me washed clean by the blood of Jesus.
It’s like this – I will always be the son of Jim and Anne Treloar – by blood. Though at times, there have been breaches in that relationship, there is nothing that can stop me from being their son. I am a child of God by blood as well. Sin causes that breach. Confession and repentance repairs it. But it NEVER stops me from being God’s son – or His love becomes conditional.
God wants this truth to be settled on your soul. Once rooted, it grows into a confidence that allows the Holy Spirit to grow your faith. You will never grow more than when you are truly centered on the truth of God’s Word.
You either ‘got it’ or you need to ‘get it!’