What is one thing you are certain of?
Ben Franklin (do you know who that is?) once said “There are only two things in life that are certain – death and taxes.”
But the Bible says there are many other things that we can be certain of. In fact, right here in the book of 1 John there are at least five things that we can be certain of because of Jesus. Here they are:
1 John 5:19-21. 19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
1. We can be certain that Satan is real, that he hates God, and that he wants to control us with his ideas. Here’s how John says it: the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
Yes, bad things will happen in this world and in your life. You can be certain of that.
2. We can be certain that Jesus is also real and that he has shown us who God is. John says it this way: the Son of God has come and has given us understanding of him who is true.
Everything we see in Jesus is a certain truth about God the Father too. Jesus is kind, so is the Father. Jesus is compassionate, so is the Father. Jesus sacrifices for us, so does the Father. We can understand God by what we see in Jesus. This means that we can be certain that everything God does is about loving us and saving us.
3. We can be certain that we are connected to God. Here’s how John says it: and we are in him who is true (God) by being in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
No matter what happens we will always be in Jesus and thus in God. This is a connection that can never, ever be lost, stolen, or broken.
4. We can be certain that we will live forever with God. John says He [Jesus] is the true God and eternal life.
The certainty of eternal life means that we never have to scared of what will happen in this life. We don’t have to fight for what is ours or be greedy or mean. Why? Because you will go on forever even after everything else ends.
5. And finally, we can certainly love and trust God. John ends his letter with these simple words: Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
If we know God. If we are in Jesus and in God. If we eternal life. If all of this is true, then why would we want to settle for second best to satisfy our hearts? Why worship anything less than the great God who is the most certain thing in the universe?
Because of Jesus we can certain of our destiny.
With Jesus and his certainty, we can choose to love and trust God above anything else.
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Here’s a great song to teach to your family about certainty in Christ.
You are the only thing that is really certain in life and in death. Thank you for giving me your eternal life so that I can be certain of what will happen to me no matter what.
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