1 John 5
1 John 5:1
Dost thou believe in Jesus? Dost thou love thy Lord? Then thou art born again.
1 John 5:2, 3
Obedience proves the truth of. faith, especially obedience to the command which bids us love. It is idle to talk of being saved if we are not living unto God.
1 John 5:4, 5
Faith, then, is the sure evidence of the new birth, and if we believe in the Lord Jesus we are born again, and shall overcome the world.
1 John 5:6
Cleansing from the power of sin, and delivering from its guilt.
1 John 5:7, 8
Instead of all other heavenly signs, the church has for her standing miracles the energetic work of the Holy Ghost, the purifying influence of the gospel, and the peace-giving energy of the atonement. If there be no power of the Holy Ghost, no sanctification, and no pardon of sin, our religion is a delusion; but if these be facts, and they certainly are, our faith has solid grounds.
1 John 5:9-13
You do believe, but you may believe yet more. “Lord, increase our faith,” is no needless prayer.
1 John 5:14, 15
Answers to prayer are a powerful establishment of faith. The God who has an ear for our prayers is no fiction.
1 John 5:16-18
Whatever the unpardonable sin may be, the child of God shall be kept from it. We need not curiously inquire what that dark crime may be; it will be better to follow our Lord, and we shall be preserved from it.
For ever here my rest shall be
Close to thy bleeding side;
This all my hope and all my plea—
For me the Saviour died.
Th’ atonement of thy blood apply
Till faith to sight improve;
Till hope in full fruition die,
And all my soul be love.