“And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.” ~1 John 5:11-13
John states it so simply. Either you believe in the Son of God- Jesus- and have eternal life, or you don’t believe in Him and don’t have eternal life. Sometimes we can start doubting or worrying or wondering… am I really saved? Do I really have eternal life? So there you go! John wrote this so that you may know that you have eternal life. Heaven awaits for those who choose to believe in Jesus! 🙂
The name. This time through my Bible I have been underlining wherever I find “the name” of God or Jesus in a passage. A wonderful traveling pastor who is full of joy and good humor taught us about how the name of God is His very character, it is Him. He went on to describe the nature of God the Father as God HIMSELF told it to Moses, when Moses asked for God to show him His glory (an amazing request!)
Exodus 34:5-8~ “And the LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD. Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.’ And Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship.”
God Himself tells us that He is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and truth, forgiving, and just. So whenever you see “the name” of God, think of His character! (The nature of Jesus is another study! While He is God, and therefore has the same attributes, He demonstrated even more about His character while walking on the earth and truly showed us how to live.)
One last thing… many people get upset by the statement made by God that He will visit the iniquity of the fathers on the children and grandchildren. Does this mean that children and grandchildren are responsible, guilty, for their parents’ and grandparents’ sins? NO! Every man is responsible before God for his own sins, and his sins ONLY. Romans 14:12~ “So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
I think what God is talking about is for those who embrace and walk in sin, the ramifications of what they are doing can reach for generations. Consequences. Unfortunately, our own poor choices can affect others around us, even though it is not their fault. Cycles, chains that can bind families- abuse, alcoholism, divorce, ??? But, chains and cycles CAN be broken! There is always hope. And God will not abandon. He walks alongside, helping us through the consequences, and helping us get out of the bad situations we get ourselves into.
On the other side of this, God states that He keeps lovingkindness for thousands. Good consequences- God will bless your children and grandchildren when you choose to walk with Him! 🙂 “A righteous man who walks in his integrity- How blessed are his sons after him.” ~Proverbs 20:7