“The one who keeps his commands remains in him, and he in him. And the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he has given us.”
1 John 3:24
A Shaken Identity
In the days we live in, many people seem to have forgotten who they are. To be more specific, many people are experiencing an identity crisis of sorts. We understand that young people are maturing and learning who they really are. But at what age do people stop learning who they are?
As believers, there may be times when we struggle with the certainty of our salvation. We may begin questioning whether or not we are truly Christians because of our drifting away from God. Our identity in Christ is then shaken.
The Irreplaceable Gift
Thankfully, God has given us something valuable and irreplaceable to understand who we are, as well as our security in His family. Today’s passage proclaims to us exactly what that gift is. John writes, “and the way we know that He remains in us is from the Spirit He has given us.”
Because He didn’t forget the Spirit.
Knowledge and Experience
Look at two specific words from this verse: “know” and “remains.” The word “know” gives the connotation of not just knowledge, but personal experience. You are living and experiencing something you cannot deny. This knowledge provides us certainty. The second word, “remains,” has the idea of staying in the same place over a period time. We can know from our personal experience that Jesus stays with us; in fact, He remains in us!
How you ask? From the Spirit that He gives to every believer. Because of His intentional kindness towards us as His people, He did not forget the Spirit.
Our Identity Secured
In John 14:16-17, the apostle writes, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you.”
In days when we struggle with the idea that God has not abandoned us, you and I can have the absolute assurance that He did not forget us, but gave us His Spirit who remains and reminds us of our true identity as children of God.
Consider the role of the Spirit in your life as a believer. Do you see the difference in your life from before you accepted Christ to now? Spend time in prayer and in the Word reflecting on the truth that the Spirit dwells within you and that your identity and eternity are forever secure in the God who has made a way for you.