The only true God
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. Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. 1 John 5:20-21 NLT
In this world where we are right now is ruled by the evil one. “The world around us is under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19b). This is why we need to have a clear understanding of who the Son of God is. There is so much confusion and deception in this world because of its ruler and the only way we can find stability and understanding is through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God has revealed Himself to us through His Son and despite the darkness around us, God has provided us the ability to recognized the truth from error. Having Christ in our lives is to live in His light that displaces darkness. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it” (John 1:5). The Lord Jesus Christ embodies the truth, it is His nature and as John says from the text, “Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.” Since in Jesus, you have experienced the true God, you should not devote yourselves “from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts” (1 John 5:21). We have met the true God, through His Son Jesus Christ, therefore we are in touch with reality. Our fellowship is with God who is genuine and true. This is the secret of life: to know Jesus who is the Son of God. “And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory” (Colossians 1:27). Christ is our reality so we should not exchange our worship of Him with a cheap imitation. We have been commanded to have no other god (Exodus 20:3). An idol represents that which is false and empty. A person who lives for idols will himself become false and empty. We become what we worship. The one we serve becomes the one we worship! Whatever controls our lives and orders our actions is our god. When we substitute an idol in the place of God, we are living for the unreal instead of the real. To a person who pursues the things of the world, the worldly life is real. But to a Christian who had settled to live his life for the One true God, Christ is his reality. “For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone” (Acts 17:28-29).