The Privilege and Stability of the Real Christian

Matthew Henry

God, that cannot lie, hath given sufficient assurance to the world that Jesus Christ His Son, the Son of His love and Son by office, to reconcile and recover the world unto himself. He testified therefore the truth and divine origin of the Christian religion and that it is the sure appointed way and means of bringing us to God. In those words we may observe:

· The privilege and stability of the real Christian: He that believeth on the Son of God hath been prevailed with unfeignedly to cleave to Him for salvation and hath the witness in himself

· He hath not only the outward evidence that others have but he hath in his own heart a testimony for Jesus Christ. He can allege what Christ and what the truth of Christ have done for his soul and what he has seen and found in him as

1.     He has deeply seen his sin and guilt and misery and his abundant need for such a Saviour

2.     He has seen the excellency, beauty and office of the Son of God and the incomparable suitableness of such a Saviour to all his spiritual wants and sorrowful circumstances

3.     He sees and admires the wisdom and love of God in preparing and sending such a Saviour to deliver him from sin and Hell and to raise him to pardon, peace and communion with God

4.     He has found and felt the power of the Word and doctrine of Christ, wounding, humbling, healing, quickening and comforting his soul

5.     He finds the revelation of Christ the greatest discovery and demonstration of the love of God so it is the most apt and powerful means of kindling, fomenting and inflaming love to the holy blessed God

6.     He is born of God by the truth of Christ. He has a new heart and nature, a new love, disposition and delight and is not the man that he formerly was

7.     He finds yet such a conflict with himself, with sin, with the flesh, the world and invincible wicked powers as is described and provided for in the doctrine of Christ

8.     He finds such prospects and such strength afforded him by the faith of Christ that he can despise and overcome the world and travel on towards a better

9.     He finds what interest the Mediator has in Heaven by the audiency and prevalency of those prayers that are sent thither in his name, according to his will and through his intercession, and

10.  He is begotten again to a lively hope, to a holy confidence in God, in His goodwill and love, to a pleasant victory over terrors of conscience, dread of death and Hell, to a comfortable prospect of life and immortality, being enriched with the earnest Spirit and sealed to the day of redemption


Such assurance has the Gospel believer: He has a witness in himself. Christ is formed in him and he is growing to the fullness and perfection and perfect image of Christ in Heaven.

Commentary on the whole Bible: p. 1972

– Matthew Henry

5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that does not lead to death.

18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.