Summary: Why should we trust and follow Christ? See the five confidences that John lists.

Certainties Found Only in Christ

1 John 5:13-21

I. Confidence in Eternal Life (v. 13)

a. God’s love supplies it (1 John 4:9)

b. God’s promise ensures it (1 John 2:25)

II. Confidence in Answered Prayers (v. 14-17)

a. Useful prayers (v. 14-15; John 14:13; 1 John 3:22)

b. Useless prayers (v. 16-17; Jeremiah 7:16; Jeremiah 14:11)

III. Confidence in Victory over Sin and Satan (v. 18)

a. A new nature in us (1 John 3:9)

b. A powerful protection plan (Job 1:9-10; John 10:28)

IV. Confidence in Belonging to God (v. 19)

a. Discernment of spirits (1 John 4:6)

b. A new nature in us

V. Confidence in Christ’s Divine Supremacy (v. 20)

a. Spiritual perception given by Christ (Luke 24:45)

b. The gift of eternal life given by God the Father (1 John 5:11)

v. 21—Knowing these certainties, we can most assuredly understand why we should follow ONLY the one true God, Jesus Christ.


1 John 4:9—9By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

1 John 2:25—25This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.

John 14:13— 13"Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

1 John 3:22— 22and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight.

Jeremiah 7:16— 16"As for you, do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you.

Jeremiah 14:11— 11So the LORD said to me, "Do not pray for the welfare of this people.

1 John 3:9—9No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Job 1:9-10—9Then Satan answered the LORD, "Does Job fear God for nothing? 10"Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

John 10:28—28and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.

1 John 4:6—6We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Luke 24:45— 45Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

1 John 5:11—11And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

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