“The Confidence We Have” (1 John 5: 14 – 15, ESV) by Carley Evans

“God gives us eternal life, and this life is His Son.” (1 John 5: 11)

The author of 1 John wants his readers “to know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5: 13) Our assurance of salvation, he writes, is “the confidence we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.”

What do we ask of God? First and foremost, we ask for our salvation. We ask for and covet the eternal life promised to us. Since this is God’s ultimate goal — the re-gaining of His relationship with us — then it follows He answers this prayer.

Since this prayer is in accordance with God’s perfect will, we may rest assured we have this request.

Jesus tells us, “I Am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me.” (John 10: 14)

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