1 John 5:13-21 “Confident in Jesus”
John's First Epistle here comes to its conclusion, emphasizing yet again that recipients of the Apostolic faith have every reason for confidence. He even states that he wrote the letter that they might be confident in their possession of eternal life (5:13). This confidence affects our prayers. We know that Christ answers every prayer that accords with His will, which is exemplified in His forgiving the sins of the brothers. Our confidence extends to our perseverance in the faith; Jesus will preserve us from sin's and Satan's dominion. The Epistle, then, comes to a resounding conclusion, declaring Jesus, whom the Apostles had touched, heard, and seen (1:1-4), who was the Christ (2:22-23), and who came in the flesh (4:2-3), to also be "true God and eternal life." We, therefore, have confidence that we know and worship Him in truth (5:20-21).