Keeping yourselves


1 John 5:20-21 NIV
“We know also 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 by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.”

The dear Apostle John sums up his letter with this short and pithy statement. It should be emplanted on our minds to keep reminding us of who we are and who we serve.

Everyone who belongs to God, knows the Lord Christ, personally. Not just knowing about Him and believing that He existed, but knowing Him every day in speaking and obeying. Jesus came to show us God. Being God, He showed us in what He did and said, what God is like and what God requires of us. He revealed God, so that through faith, we could understand and believe.

It is possible for human beings to know God and have a personal and daily relationship with Him. What Jesus did, made it possible for all our sins and our predisposition to do wrong, to be atoned for. If we believe in Him, put our whole trust in Him, we become part of Christ. We come under the saving wing of our Saviour and Lord. God takes us into His family and we become the people of God.

Jesus can do this because He is the Eternal Son of God, and eternal life belongs to Him. He bought it for His people and He will bring them safely into His eternal kingdom. Those who understand this spiritual knowledge, and exercise faith in the Eternal Son, have eternal life and a future in God’s everlasting dominion.

These are weighty truths. John is earnest in telling this hidden truth, now revealed.

His final comment….

Christians, keep away from godless ideas and things…!
This is the outward characteristic of every believer.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”                 James 2:27 NIV