This morning in reading 1 John Chapter 5,
five verses popped out at me.
For this poem,
I am going to list them down
and then make my comments to process them.
The Lord says
“whatever you ask according to My will,
will be given freely to you.”
So this morning I am asking the Lord
to open my heart and my mind
to the truth of His Word;
and I pray that His truth that is revealed,
will be given to every person
who is reading this poem.
So here goes.
“For whatever is born of God
overcomes the world.
And this is the victory
that has overcome the world -
our faith in Jesus Christ.”
I John 5:4
What comes to mind is Hebrews 11:1-3,
“Now faith is the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
By faith we understand
that the worlds were framed
by the word of God,
so that the things which are seen
were not made of things which are visible.”
I invite you take a tour of Hebrews 11,
the Hall of Faith Is quite fascinating.
Now let me continue on
to the next verse that struck me.
“For there are three
that bear witness in heaven:
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit;
and these three are one.
And there are three
that bear witness on earth:
the Spirit, the water, and the blood;
and these three agree as one.”
I John 5:7-8
Bearing witness is an act
of giving evidence to confirm
the events that happened
and the things that were said.
In the Kingdom of Heaven,
where the angels live, it’s the Holy Trinity -
The Holy Spirit, Father and Son;
in the World, where we humans live,
it’s the Spirit, water and the blood.
What comes to mind is Romans 3:23-26,
“for all have sinned
and fall short of the glory of God,
being justified freely by His grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
whom God set forth
as an atonement by His blood,
to demonstrate His righteousness,
because in His patient endurance
God had passed over the sins
that were previously committed,
to demonstrate at the present time
His righteousness, that He might be just
and the justifier of the one
who has faith in Jesus.”
God alone is good,
and it’s only through our keeping of HIS Word
that we can be grafted INTO God -
our Creator who knows no sin.
Which leads me into the next verse -
“And this is the testimony:
that God has given us eternal life,
and this life is in His Son.
He who has the Son has life;
he who does not have the Son of God
does not have life.”
I John 5:11-12
It truly is that simple.
Jesus alone is the bridge
who brings man back into relationship with our God.
You see, all mankind will die.
Every person who has breath
will experience temporary death,
but only the Children of God
will go on to live eternally with Him.
You see, Jesus is the Seed
that was promised to us in Genesis 3:15.
And it’s from this Seed that the new man will grow.
Through Him, we take off the old and put on the new.
Now this next verse
is the one that really stumped me.
Listen to this.
“If anyone sees his brother
sinning a sin
which does not lead to death,
he will ask,
and He will give him life
for those who commit sin
not leading to death.
There is sin leading to death.
I do not say that he should pray about that.
All unrighteousness is sin,
and there is sin not leading to death.”
I John 5:16-17
I have to say, I read that verse over and over again.
At first it did not make sense.
I wondered to myself,
"Did John say that some sin does not lead to death?"
"Did John get it wrong?"
Then the Holy Spirit touched my heart,
and His Word was illuminated to me.
I heard God say, “Yes I Am He
who blots out your transgressions
for My own sake
and remembers your sins no more.”
God expresses unfailing love and faithfulness.
Everything He does goes back to His character.
When we are covered by the blood of Christ,
God's Holy Spirit comes to live inside of us.
And since God has no sin,
the sin of the world is not in us.
And that brings me to verse number 5 -
“We know that whoever is born of God
does not sin;
but he who has been born of God
and the wicked one does not touch him.”
I John 5:18
Does this mean that God's people
do no wrong?
No! Not at all!
It just means
that God's children understand
the true testimony of Jesus Christ.
We understand that we have been
through the Spirit, water and the blood,
and that we have been made
righteous through Jesus Christ.
And because we love God -
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
we guard our hearts,
and keep our eyes focused on Christ,
the author and finisher of our faith.
Because we love God,
we prophecy and keep His commandments.
We offer our lives as a living sacrifice
by dying to self and picking up our cross.
We serve God with all our hearts,
and we work diligently as His watchmen.
I pray this poem will be a blessing to someone else.
I pray these words will touch their hearts.