December 28 — Safe & Secure (1 John 5:19)

            1 John 5:19: “We are knowing that we are out of God, and the whole world is lying in the power of the evil one.”

            Verse 19: “We are knowing that we are out of God, and the whole world is lying in the power of the evil one.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says: “They are distinct from the satanically-controlled world system and basically free from its power. They need not listen to worldly ideas.”

They do not need to succumb to worldly desires.

With a message of assurance and certainty, John says: “We are knowing that we are out of God.”

The apostle also draws the contrast of those who do not have the Son and do not have the life in the final phrase: “and the whole world is lying in the power of the evil one.” Once more, he points out the opposition between the Father and the world.

However, because of His love, Christ is the satisfaction not only for our sins, but also for the sins of the whole world – that world that is “lying in the power of the evil one.”

If they will only come to Christ.

As we worship and praise the Lord this morning, let’s sing verses 1 and 3 of George Beverly Shea’s famous hymn, “I’d Rather Have Jesus”: “I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold; I’d rather be His than have riches untold; I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands. I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand. He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom; He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb; He’s all that my hungering spirit needs. I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead. Than to be the king of a vast domain, Or be held in sin’s dread sway; I’d rather have Jesus than anything This world affords today.”