Pamphlet 1572 1 John kc11-1
If you truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then this letter is written to you.
The Apostle John, who often referred to himself in his gospel as "the disciple whom Jesus loved", now concludes this first of his three epistles with some parting words of wisdom and comfort followed by one final directive to the "Little Children".
Those "Little Ones", God's elect, who love their brothers and understand "what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God" (1 John 3:1), know that they have eternal life because they believe on the name of the Son of God and abide in Him.
Those are to whom John has written this epistle giving them even further assurance of their hope that is in Christ, who is that Eternal Life (vs. 20)!
You see, knowing without any doubts whatsoever and having full confidence that you are in Him and He is in you, brings the greatest joy that a man or woman can possess.
That is very reason why John wrote this epistle unto us!
1 John 1:4
And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
*Note: The clause "that you believe on the name of the Son of God" (underlined above) is actually omitted in the oldest manuscripts and by the Syriac.1 John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God*; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
It is precisely because you believe in Him and because you know that you are a son of God, His "little child", that you also KNOW without a doubt that He hears ALL of your prayers and requests.
Here now is wisdom concerning those prayers. See Pamphlet #1573
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