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1 John 5:1

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 1 [In this chapter John carefully defines what are the qualifying experiences of a believer who is born of God, which are summarized here:

  1. a believer born of God keeps the commands of God, and they are not a burden; verses 2,3
  2. the believer born of God has overcome the world by crucifying his sinful nature, (the forbidden cravings, the passionate desires, and the lusts of it), verses 4,5
  3. the believer born of God has seen in his heart by the light that manifests all things the three witnesses in the earth: (See Verse 8 and its Footnote 3 below for more description of the three witnesses that are to be experienced before one is born again.)
  4. From the Word of the Lord within: "The three witnesses: these three clearly must be manifest."
  5. the born again believer has eternal life in him, which is to be restored to the spiritual image of God in true righteousness and holiness. verse12
  6. the born again believer does not sin and cannot sin because he is protected by his Father from falling to any temptation. verse 18
  7. Jesus is present within the believer, and the believer is in Christ; the believer is in union with Christ and the Father. verse 20

Those who say they are born-again Christians still living in the fleshly lusts and pleasures of the world, and so still slaves to sin, are maligning the truth and create confusion.

From the Word of the Lord within:

 1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God, and everyone who loves the father also loves him who is begotten of him.1

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1 The single scripture verse, taken out of context, which people use to fool themselves to believe they are born again, is:

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God .. 1 John 5:1.
"See" they say — "scripture proves I am born again because I believe Jesus is the Christ."

But look at the verses immediately after this partial verse taken out of context: Verse 1: Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves him who is begotten of Him. Verse 2: By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commands. Verse 3: For this is the love of God, that we keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome. Verse 4: For whoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Verse 5: Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

So John is saying: if you have been born of God: 1) you love God, 2) you love your fellow believers, 3) you keep God's commands [are obedient], and 4) you have overcome the world. John tells us who really believes that Jesus in the Son of God: he who has overcome the world, by fighting the good fight of faith, to victory over sin. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself ... He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life, John 5:10,12. To have the Son, is to possess the Son and the Father in your heart, in sufficient measure to be your true Lord in control of your thoughts, words, and deeds. If you have been born again, you know Him to be in total control of you; you don't have to search the scriptures to think that you have eternal life. Paul confirmed: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Rom 8:14.

Read early Quaker, kingdom-dwelling William Dewsbury's incredible, wonderful sermon on what it is like to really be born again.