We are reading 1 John 5 today in our Spoken Word Bible Reading Plan. I have shared in our Adult Bible Study class at The Spoken Word Church that my very favorite portions of Scripture for my personal life are the Gospel of John, because it speaks specifically of the Deity of JESUS; the Epistles of John (1st, 2nd and 3rd John), because they give us specifics about THIS life from the LOVE of GOD perspective; and Paul's letter to the Philippians, especially Philippians 3. 1 John 5:1 says this:
Everyone who believes (adheres to, trusts, and relies on the fact) that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah) is a born-again child of God; and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him (His offspring).
What does it mean to be "born again"? There it is in 1 John 5! Believe in, which means to trust, rely on and join yourself to JESUS, Who died and rose again for US! Then verses 11-12 say this:
Just in case verse 1 isn't clear enough, we have this to confirm it! IF we have received JESUS as Lord and personal Savior, then we also have HIS LIFE in us! This "LIFE" is the Greek word "zoe" ,which means: life in the absolute sense, life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself, and which the Son manifested in the world. From this life man has become alienated in consequence of the Fall, and of this life men become partakers through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Eternal life is the present actual possession of the believer because of his relationship with Christ. SO, WHEN we received JESUS as Lord and Savior, we also received HIS LIFE in us! HE lives in us by His Spirit and we can, and MUST, communicate with Him intimately, every day, and all day long! What an extraordinarily blessed position it is to be IN HIM! Promises for victory here in this life and much more in the life to come! HALLELUJAH! Here is Hillsong with "Children of the Light", because that IS who we are! AMEN!
Shalom in Him!