… we know … (1 John 3:16, 19, 24; 4:2, 6, 13; 5:2, 13, 19, 20).
God clearly reveals Himself to us so that it is not a mystery of how to abide with Him.
The word John uses for “know” in the Greek is ginosko. This is a knowledge through personal, firsthand experience; not knowledge someone told us about secondhand.
God reveals Himself in Creation, in His law, in the rituals of worship, in our conscience, and in the voice of the prophets. Ultimately—and most unmistakably of all—God reveals Himself in Jesus (John 14:9).
So here are 8 things we can now know…
- We know true love because of the sacrifice of Jesus (3:16; 4:7-10).
- We know we have God’s love in us by the way we treat others (3:17-19; 4:11; 4:20-21).
- We know our hearts our confident by the inward witness of the Holy Spirit Who assures us that we abide in God and He in us (3:20-24).
- We know how to discern deceptive spirits (4:1-6).
- We know what it means to be confident on Judgment Day (4:12-19).
- We know that loving others fulfills God’s commands (5:1-13).
- We know God hears our prayers (5:14-17).
- We know that we can be victorious over sin (5:18-21).
No doubts, no ambiguity. It’s crystal clear, pure knowledge through Him Who loves us!