In our passage today John points out several things that will be true of genuine believers.
Genuine believers call sin sin.
Genuine believers know that Jesus is the Son of God and the only Way.
Genuine believers live lives that reflect their professed beliefs. Though they will still sin, their lives should not a pattern of unrepentant sin.
Genuine believers confess their sin, not to ensure they won't lose their salvation, but rather to continue to enjoy complete fellowship and joy with God.
Genuine believers have a love for God and for one another.
Believers can be confident of their salvation!
I appreciated some of the things my Life Application Bible said about this book.....
By the time John wrote this letter, Christianity had been around for more than a generation. It had faced and survived severe persecution. The main problem confronting the church at this time was declining commitment: Many believers were conforming to the world's standards, failing to stand up for Christ, and compromising their faith. False teachers were plentiful, and they were accelerating the church's downward slide away from the Christian faith.
John wrote this letter to put believers back on track, to show the difference between light and darkness (truth and error), and to encourage the church to grow in genuine love for God and for one another. He also wrote to assure true believers that they possessed eternal life and to help them know that their faith was genuine - so they could enjoy all the benefits of being God's children.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 John 1, 3 John 1