God's love drives away fear
1 John 4:17-21 John encourages the believers to be fearless on the ‘Day of Judgement’: “Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love drives out fear” (1 John 4:18).
He also reminds them of God’s command: “Those who love God must also love their brothers and sisters” (1 John 4:21).
1 John 5:1-5 He urges them to win “the victory that conquers the world” (1 John 5:4) by obeying God’s commandments and by believing that Jesus is the Messiah (the ‘Christ’) and the Son of God.
Christian baptism is one of the three identifying features of a believer (Jesus Army)
Evidence of eternal life
1 John 5:6-12 John says there are three ‘witnesses’ to verify that eternal life is received by believers through the Son of God. The ‘evidence’ is provided, firstly, by the presence of the Holy Spirit in believers, secondly, by the life-changing experience when believers are baptised in water, and thirdly, by the power of Jesus’s blood that he shed when he died for the sins of mankind.
1 John 5:13-20 John finishes by assuring the believers that they already have eternal life if they believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God – because their sins are forgiven, and the evil one (who accuses them of wrongdoing on the ‘Day of Judgement’) cannot ever take them away from God.
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