1 John 5:20

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“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”

1 John 5:20

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As I was reading 1 John today, the repetition of phrases like “we know,” “you know,” “whoever knows,” and “we have come to know,” stood out to me. I started counting and found the word “know” used 37 times in these five short chapters. This makes sense when we read John’s concluding remarks in chapter five, where he states, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

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John knew that truth existed in the person of Jesus, and he wanted all Christians to be grounded in that same assurance. So many people around us are in search of truth with which to orient themselves. They might look to political leaders, various belief systems, or even within themselves hoping to find purpose and security. But Christians don’t have to do that. “We know the Son of God has come and has given us understanding.” And because of this understanding we receive through his Spirit and his word, we “may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true.”

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We have relational access to the very source of all truth and meaning in the universe. Jesus said He came so that we could have abundant life. He said if we would abide in His love, then His joy would be in us and our joy would be full. That is what people all around us are seeking: abundant life, full of joy, grounded in truth and purpose. We know where to find all these things! But although we know where life, joy, truth, and purpose are found, we don’t always go to the source to seek them out.

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Isaiah prophesied the coming Messiah would be called Wonderful Counselor. A basic definition of a counselor is a person who gives counsel. Pretty straightforward. But let’s consider what counsel is. It’s not simply advice. According to Merriam Webster, it’s “advice given especially as a result of consultation.” So let’s define one more term: what does it mean to consult? To consult is to “seek information or advice from.”

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Counsel from a marriage counselor, for example, can be a wonderful gift. But that advice doesn’t just arrive on a couple’s doorstep unsolicited. Counsel of any type does not often occur spontaneously, it must be sought out. And today’s verse tells us exactly where to seek: the Son of God.

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We aren’t left alone to stumble through life. There are truths we can be certain of and on which we can build our lives. Read through 1 John 5:13-21 and see how many “we know” and “you know” statements you can find (the count varies with each translation). Ask the Holy Spirit to help you receive the truth of each of these statements. Ask for His counsel to help you understand and apply these truths to your life so that you may stand firm and assured in the understanding given to you through Jesus.

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Jesus, thank you for coming and for giving understanding. Thank you for not staying quiet or hidden but for revealing yourself to humanity. Thank you for the assurance of eternal life that I have in you as well as for the truth of your word and the counsel of your Spirit to guide me each day of this life. Please empower me to seek you with all my heart, that I might know you more and see you more clearly. From your goodness, through your power, and for your glory, Lord, amen.

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“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” 

1 John 5:20

Behind the Scenes

As I was reading 1 John today, the repetition of phrases like “we know,” “you know,” “whoever knows,” and “we have come to know,” stood out to me. I started counting and found the word “know” used 37 times in these five short chapters. This makes sense when we read John’s concluding remarks in chapter five, where he states, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).  

John knew that truth existed in the person of Jesus, and he wanted all Christians to be grounded in that same assurance. So many people around us are in search of truth with which to orient themselves. They might look to political leaders, various belief systems, or even within themselves hoping to find purpose and security. But Christians don’t have to do that. “We know the Son of God has come and has given us understanding.” And because of this understanding we receive through his Spirit and his word, we “may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true.” 

We have relational access to the very source of all truth and meaning in the universe. Jesus said He came so that we could have abundant life. He said if we would abide in His love, then His joy would be in us and our joy would be full. That is what people all around us are seeking: abundant life, full of joy, grounded in truth and purpose. We know where to find all these things! But although we know where life, joy, truth, and purpose are found, we don’t always go to the source to seek them out. 

Make It Real

Isaiah prophesied the coming Messiah would be called Wonderful Counselor. A basic definition of a counselor is a person who gives counsel. Pretty straightforward. But let’s consider what counsel is. It’s not simply advice. According to Merriam Webster, it’s “advice given especially as a result of consultation.” So let’s define one more term: what does it mean to consult? To consult is to “seek information or advice from.”   

Counsel from a marriage counselor, for example, can be a wonderful gift. But that advice doesn’t just arrive on a couple’s doorstep unsolicited. Counsel of any type does not often occur spontaneously, it must be sought out. And today’s verse tells us exactly where to seek: the Son of God.  

We aren’t left alone to stumble through life. There are truths we can be certain of and on which we can build our lives. Read through 1 John 5:13-21 and see how many “we know” and “you know” statements you can find (the count varies with each translation). Ask the Holy Spirit to help you receive the truth of each of these statements. Ask for His counsel to help you understand and apply these truths to your life so that you may stand firm and assured in the understanding given to you through Jesus.  

Hailey Schroeder

Hailey Schroeder

ACF Devo Team

End in Prayer

Jesus, thank you for coming and for giving understanding. Thank you for not staying quiet or hidden but for revealing yourself to humanity. Thank you for the assurance of eternal life that I have in you as well as for the truth of your word and the counsel of your Spirit to guide me each day of this life. Please empower me to seek you with all my heart, that I might know you more and see you more clearly. From your goodness, through your power, and for your glory, Lord, amen.

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