1 John 5:11-15
1 John 5:11 (KJB)
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
The record - The witness
In concert with the witness God gave about the Lord Jesus Christ, He also gave a witness about the believer and that witness is eternal life. All those who are truly saved by the Lord Jesus Christ have been given eternal life. It is not just a never ending life but it is a quality of life which takes on Godly characteristics in contrast to the earthly life of the unbeliever that continues in sin. John specifically emphasizes that eternal life is found only in Jesus Christ and nowhere else. No religion or amount of good works can ever result in eternal life. Those who reject Christ are rejecting the only way of eternal life.
1 John 5:12 (KJB)
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Here is the sobering summary of the discussion. Those who do not have Christ, do not have eternal life and those who are in Christ have eternal life. John is giving this very narrow roadway to salvation. Those who reject Christ and try to make it their way will find hell and destruction at the end of their life. Major religions who completely reject Christ as the Savior will be completely rejected by God on the last day and will be sentenced to an eternity in Hell. Christianity is truly an exclusive faith as it excludes all those outside of Christ. There is no such thing as many roads to God, there is only one and that is the highway of Holiness and His name is Christ. (Isa 35:8 KJV) And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
1 John 5:13 (KJB)
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
This is one of the most encouraging verses in the entire Bible for the believer. God wrote these things down concerning the deeply divine witness of the Lord Jesus Christ so the believer knows that that those who are in Christ have eternal life. It is a shame that so many Christians believe they can lose their salvation and because of that they never enjoy nor progress in their salvation. They remain stagnant and never grow. God is telling us that those who are in Christ have eternal life and there are no appendages to that gift. The fact that God ensures us that we have eternal life allows us to continue to believe on Christ and grow in the relationship with Him. This verse is confirmation that once a person is saved, they are saved forever from the moment of salvation.
1 John 5:14 (KJB)
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
The confidence - Assurance or speaking openly
Will - Purpose or desire
Heareth - Hear with understanding
When a true believer approaches God, we have the assurance that those things we pray for which are according to His will, He hears us and understands our need or request for whatever it is we asked for. If we are true believers, the Holy Spirit dwells within us and He helps us to ask for things according to God’s will. It is when we pray outside God’s will is when He refuses our requests. (James 4:3 KJV) Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. The word “amiss” carries with it the meaning of “unsuitable or out of place.” When we Christians pray prayers which are out of step with God’s will, we will never receive the requests we ask for. The word “will” carries with it the meaning of “purpose.” So when we look at the will or purpose of God, we must look within His character and pray with that understanding.
1 John 5:15 (KJB)
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
Petitions - Requests
If the believer is praying in the will and according to the character of God, then we can be assured that God has heard, understood, and has considered the request. He may answer this request according to His knowledge of our needing it and for what purpose. God will then determine in what manner and method He will use to bring about the request. There are four basic ways that God will answer our prayers:
1. Direct
2. Delayed
3. Disguised
4. Denied
Although we don’t like it, denied is a bona fide answer to prayer.