Having every detail about Who Jesus is and exactly how He saved His people is very important in order to honor Him properly here on earth. But while a man’s confession may be flawed, his salvation is still secure in the finished work of Christ!
It would seem that John wants us all to be able to lay our head on Jesus’ chest.
Jesus tells James that he would follow Him through sufferings. As recorded in Acts 12, James became the first martyr among the Apostles. He wanted to be where Jesus was and his desire was fulfilled.
If someone were to ask you what you know about the Apostle Peter, what comes to your mind?
The church is not built upon Peter with him as the first pope. The church is built upon Jesus Christ, the true Rock of ages!
When opposition comes, and it will, simply move on to another field of labor. There will be those to help wherever you go. You just need to be looking!
One of the most comforting phrases of the gospel is found in this passage: “He shall not fail.”
Let us not quench the smoking flax in judgment of outward appearance. Let us fan the flame of all our fellow children of God to the praise of the glory of His grace!
The gospel is not a warning that judgment is coming. It is a declaration that the judgment has been made and the elect are justified in Christ.
A planned absence of any kind is not an emergency!