Practices

6.1 – Assurance of Eternal Life – 1 John 5:11-12

Memorize 1 John 5:11-12

This is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life (NRSV).

This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life (NIV).

Reflect on 1 John 5:11-12

  • Read chapter 5 in John's first letter from the NRSV, the NIV, or The MESSAGE.
  • The opening verses this chapter teach us about our journey of faith.  What do you learn about the stages of that journey in verse 2, verses 4-5, verse 9, and verse 10?
  • Who gives eternal life?  How do we find eternal life?  Reflect on the following exchange from the movie Forrest Gump:

Lieutenant Dan: "Have you found God yet, Gump?"
Gump: "I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him."

  • John lays a dividing line before us today between those who have the Son (Jesus Christ) and those who do not. What does that mean for you? Your family? Your friends? Your co-workers?