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One of the greatest tragedies of life is the inability or the neglect of a father to pass on to his children the benefits of his experience.

Fathers must instruct, warn, and encourage their children.

For the next while Wednesday evenings messages will be from John’s first epistle and are titled “The Counsel of a Spiritual Father to His Children.”

Today we are discussing That You May Know.


1 John 5:13 (AMP)

This Is Written That You May Know

13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God [which represents all that Jesus Christ is and does], so that you will know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have eternal life.

Scripture Reading

1 John 5:13-21 (AMP)

14 This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us. 

15 And if we know [for a fact, as indeed we do] that He hears and listens to us in whatever we ask, we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him.

16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin that does not lead to death, he will pray and ask [on the believer’s behalf] and God will for him give life to those whose sin is not leading to death. There is a sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for this [kind of sin]. 

17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death [one can repent of it and be forgiven].

18 We know [with confidence] that anyone born of God does not habitually sin; but He (Jesus) who was born of God [carefully] keeps and protects him, and the evil one does not touch him. 

19 We know [for a fact] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] lies in the power of the evil one [opposing God and His precepts]. 

20 And we [have seen and] know [by personal experience] that the Son of God has [actually] come [to this world], and has given us understanding and insight so that we may [progressively and personally] know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

21 Little children (believers, dear ones), guard yourselves from idols—[false teachings, moral compromises, and anything that would take God’s place in your heart].


The spiritual leaders who, through the generations, have consistently pointed people to God have been those who possessed an unshakeable faith in God, in His Word, and in His promises.

They knew the God who they served, they believed in Him, and when they spoke they communicated that confidence and assurance to others.

Genuine Christianity is based  on a know so relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

We know certain things about Jesus, so, therefore, certain things are true.

In the closing verses of John’s epistle, he revealed four things we can know for certain.

As he wrote there is no hint of hesitation, here was a man who knew and he knew that he knew. 

  1. First, John spoke about our eternal safekeeping. 1 John 5:13.
  1. John declared his purpose in writing his gospel in John 20:31

He showed how we can receive eternal life by believing in Jesus.

His purpose in writing 1 John was that we may know that we have it.

B. To the people who John wrote his letters, these words were shining beacons in a world of pagan darkness.

The believers were surrounded by people whose lives were saturated with mythology and superstition, and who believed in many gods, most of whom were characterised as jealous, angry, and immoral.

These Christians were under constant attack, they were opposed, criticised, ridiculed, and persecuted.

obviously, there were some who had come to doubt their salvation.

C. Therefore, against these continual onslaughts of doubt with which satan has attacked every generation, John lifts his voice with ringing assurance.

“You can know you have eternal life!”


1 John 5:13 (AMP)

13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God [which represents all that Jesus Christ is and does], so that you will know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have eternal life.

What are “these things”?

He has spoken of the settled sin question in 1 John 1:9, of keeping His commandments in verse 2:3, of the love shed aboard in our hearts in verse 3:11, and the witness of the Holy Spirit in verse 4:2, 4:13

2. Then John gave a second thing of which we can be certain, answered prayer. 1 John 5:14-15.

  1. This is one of the bible’s most important statements on prayer.

Of the three vital things John taught about prayer, the first is that there must be a conviction about prayer.

“This is the confidence that we have in Him.”

We are not to believe that prayer is just a probability.

It is not an exercise to be engaged in as a last resort.

We are to believe in the efficacy of a genuine prayer life.

B. second, there is a condition that accompanies prayer.

“If we ask anything according to His will, He will hear us.”

He will not answer just because we ask.

There is a certain way in which we are to ask, and that is “according to His will.”our asking will be according to His will when it is according to His Word.

C. Third, this kind of praying brings a conclusion.

“And if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions desired of Him.”

Prayer, offered according to God’s conditions, brings us what we ask for.

As a matter of faith, we have what we ask for the moment we ask.

But as a matter of fact, the answer may be a long time in coming.

3. John included here another dimension of faith, another privilege that is ours; intercessory concern. 1 John 5:16-17.

  1. These are awesome and chilling words. 

In keeping with the contexts in which John had been writing, we can assume that “sin unto death” is that sin committed by the unbelievers who were saying that Jesus was not God come in the flesh.

They were denying the incarnation.

They had intellectually received the Word, and like those described in Hebrews 6, they had “tasted’ of heavenly things.

But they had not become new creations, whereby they were able to say with conviction that Jesus is the Son of God, the Christ.

B. Engaging in intercessory prayer is a privilege and a solemn duty for Christians.

We can intercede in prayer on behalf of not only our brothers and sisters in Christ, but also on behalf of unbelievers who may be bettering on the edge of eternal destruction.

4. Finally, John closed this epistle on a note of triumph.

He said that Christians can know ultimate victory in spite of the power and harassment of satan in 1 John 5:18-21.

  1. John was describing believers, and the phrase “sin not” is in the present tense.

It refers not to the committing of an act of sin, but to a continuous lifestyle os sin.

Believers will err along the way but will not pursue the habit of sinning.

Rather, they will generally strive toward godliness.


Because they watch over, or guard their spiritual lives.

They are alert to temptation.

B. In verse 19 John said that Christians have a special identity.

“And we know that we are of God.”

Christians belong to a new generation of people, to a new order of life.

Often they are in the minority, but the hope of the world lies in the declaration of Christ through this minority, which Jesus called “The salt of the earth” and “the light of the world.” 


John finished his letter in an unusual way, “little children, keep yourselves from idols.”

An “idol” is anything that comes between God and man, any substitute for God.

It may be a desire, an ambition, a pleasure, even a friend.

As long as anything in our life is coming in between us and God, we are powerless as a Christian.

We are vulnerable to satan’s attacks.

But once the channel is cleared and there is “nothing between my soul and the Saviour,” all is well!

Then I can know whose I am because of the unhindered witness of God’s indwelling Spirit.

Until next time

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