I was led to read 1 John 5:1-21 this morning. Verses 18-21 really jumped out at me. It says…
18 We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
21Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
I was going to share some thoughts in a blog post and then I read the notes from the LASB and they said it better than I could. Here they are…
5:18, 19 Christians commit sins, of course, but they ask God to forgive them, and then they continue serving him. God has freed believers from their slavery to Satan, and he keeps them safe from Satan’s continued attacks. The rest of the world does not have the Christian’s freedom to obey God. Unless they come to Christ in faith, they have no choice but to obey Satan. There is no middle ground; people either belong to God and obey him, or they live under Satan’s control.
Three things from the text and the notes stand out for me.
1. The text and the notes acknowledge that as Christians we do sin, but when we do, we confess and get back to serving God. We sin, but don’t make it a practice or an ongoing part of our lives.
2. I like also that the text and the notes talk about being kept safe by Jesus. We are securely in His hands. The text says the evil one can not touch us.
3. Both the text and the notes tell us there is no middle ground. We either belong to God and serve Him or we are under Satan’s influence. That is why we need to keep away from anything that might take God’s place in our hearts.