THE LETTERS OF JOHN: THE MARKS OF A BELIEVER
The Marks of a Believer
1. We Love God
1 John 5:1
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God,
and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.
2. We love God’s son
3. We love God’s children
4. We obey His commandments
1 John 5:2
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.
1 John 5:3
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
5. We are overcomers of this world
1 John 5:4
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
4 Remain (or abide) in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me.
1 John 5:5
Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:6-12
6 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
6. We Live in confidence
1 John 5:13
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.