Have you ever asked, “How can I know my sins are forgiven?” The Bible teaches that you can know that your sins are forgiven! Consider what the Apostle John wrote in his first epistle.
“7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:7-10 NASB)
Within these Scriptures I want to address 6 points.
- In 1 John 1:7 it speaks about “the blood” of Jesus. Jesus Christ came into this world to give His life for anyone who would reach out and receive Him. (John 3:16) The blood of Jesus Christ brought reconciliation between God and man. (Colossians 1:19-22)
- In 1 John 1:7 it speaks about the blood of Jesus that “cleanses us from all sin.” This is the good news of Jesus Christ. His shed blood cleanses all sins! There is no sin too big that the blood of Jesus cannot atone for.
- In 1 John 1:8 it says, “we are deceiving ourselves.” There is no one who is without sin. All mankind has fallen short to the glory of God and it is only through the free gift of eternal life that anyone can be saved. (Romans 3:21-31)
- In 1 John 1:9 it says, “If we confess our sins.” This is the decision of eternity. We must confess our sins and acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul said, “9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.””
- In 1 John 1:9 it says, “to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We are set free from all of our sins and unrighteousness when we come to know the Lord Jesus Christ personally. God’s love is for anyone who will reach out and seek His forgiveness.
- In 1 John 1:10 it says, “If we say that we have not sinned.” There are many proud people today who think they are in no need of being saved. God has given mankind a choice. We either accept His Divine revelation and be set free, or we reject Him staying deceived and dying in our sins.
The epistle of 1 John is informative on knowing Jesus and receiving eternal life. In 1 John 5 we read the following: “10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life…20 And we know 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, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”
There are 4 main points from these Scriptures I want to point out.
- There is a contrast of “one who believes in the Son of God” and the “one who does not believe.” (1 John 5:10)
- If you have the Son you have (Eternal) life. If you do not have the Son you do not have (Eternal) life. (1 John 5:12)
- John wrote his epistle for the purpose of letting those who trust in Jesus know that they have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)
- John states that the Son of God has come. John states the Son of God is true. John states that we (Those in Christ) are in Him (Jesus) who is true. John connects “Him who is true” and “this is the true God and eternal life” as being Jesus Christ. (1 John 5:20)
The epistle of 1 John is a wonderful book that gives encouragement, guidance, and assurance. If you are struggling with accepting Jesus or other issues please let us know how we can help. If you are want further help with receiving Jesus and what to do now then contact us.