We Know

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 1 John 5:13-21

Seven times in this section John writes “we know.” Not, “we think” or “we assume” or “we have an opinion” but “we know.” Christian believers know:

  • That we have eternal life
  • That God hears us
  • That we are children of God
  • That the world is under the control (or power) of the evil one
  • That the Son of God has come
  • That we may know Him who is true.

But, adds John, we also “know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin” and that statement puzzles us.

“I’ve been a Christian for seventeen years” began a man giving his testimony. He continued: “And during all these years that I’ve known the Lord I’ve never committed a sin!” “Be careful, John,” responded his wife. “I’m sitting here beside you.”

Does being a Christian mean we never sin? Hardly. We know ourselves too well! So does John. That is why he wrote: “if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1:8). What he means is that a Christian does not want to sin, does not deliberately sin, and trusts Christ to make him more sin-free. Does your lifestyle say “Amen” to this?


Lord, although we sometimes stumble into sin, help us not to go hunting for it and never to park in it permanently. Amen.