Bible Reading: 1 John
In these devotions we will be looking at several distinguishing marks of a hypocrite. These sure signs of hypocrisy are set forth for us in the First Epistle of John. This important New Testament book is all about confidence. There is, when it comes to living our Christian lives confidently in Christ, no more important book in all of the Bible to be read and studied by Christians than this little New Testament epistle.
The word “confidence” occurs in 1 John three times (2:28; 3:21; 5:14). The word “know” occurs in the book twenty-one times. Listed below are some of the things this little epistle teaches Christians should know:
• We should know that we know Christ. (1 John 2:3)
• We should know that we are in Christ. (1 John 2:5)
• We should know that Christ abides in us. (1 John 3:24)
• We should know that God hears us when we pray. (1 John 5:15)
• We should know the truth. (1 John 2:21)
• We should know that we are of the truth. (1 John 3:19)
• We should know that we are of God. (1 John 5:19)
• We should know that we have passed from death unto life. (1 John 3:14)
• We should know that we have eternal life. (1 John 5:13)
In his first epistle, the Apostle John sets forth both the sure signs of salvation and the distinguishing marks of a hypocrite. By examining our lives for the presence of the former and the absence of the latter, we can assure ourselves of our salvation in Christ. We can live our Christian lives confidently, without any doubts about our salvation. In fact, John’s stated purpose for penning this little epistle was so that the true Christian can “know that” he or she has “eternal life” (1 John 5:13).