“This is He who came by water and blood — Jesus Christ; not only by water — but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth…. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life.” 1 John 5:6, 10-12
Jesus came with water and blood; not with water alone, to sanctify us — but also with His blood, to make atonement for our sins. We should, therefore, first of all, penitently seek and obtain remission of sins in His blood, that we may obtain the water of life, the Holy Spirit, for our inward purification. And His Holy Spirit will bear witness within us, that the gospel is the truth, and that God will fulfill His word by giving us everlasting life as He has promised.
We have three witnesses of this in Heaven and three on earth. And if we believe in Christ, we have this true testimony in ourselves and may therefore assuredly know, that having the Son of God, we have eternal life –for He is, according to verse 20, “life eternal.”
Consequently, being in Him, we are already entered into everlasting life. All the blessings included in eternal life are in Jesus.
Consequently, to possess Jesus is to possess eternal life. Have I Christ formed in my heart? If so, I have eternal life abiding in me.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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