1 John 5:18-21
18 We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. 21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
John writes about the privileges of being a true believer in Christ. He says Satan cannot bring death upon such a person and God is with them. He tells us as believers we understand we are God’s and God is in control of everything around us. God has opened the believer’s mind to understand and discern God’s true self. God has also placed us in fellowship with Him and His son where we receive both favor and love. John reminds us to keep away from anything that might cause us to forsake these privileges.
Some of you have probably joined a discount club before like Sam’s Club, Costco or something similar. When you obtain a membership they give you a brochure that lists out the privileges. Anything on the list is yours to obtain because you decided you wanted to be a member. On the other hand anyone who is not a member is denied entrance at the door. They do not receive the privileges available to members. For those who have placed their faith in Christ they have gained a membership to God’s family. They receive all the privileges John discussed and more. Take a look at all the privileges God provides you and thank Him for each one. Pray for those who don’t know Christ that they may become members of the family of God. Praise Christ who brought you in as a member by freely giving Himself as payment for your membership.