The Sublimest Possession
1 John 5:12
He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has not life.

Deep in the soul of man is a desire to appropriate something outside of itself — the instinct for getting, what phrenologists call the "acquisitive faculty." But what is the good it really wants, the chief good, that without which it will never be satisfied?


1. It is something more than to possess an intellectual knowledge of Him.

2. It is something more than to admire His character and to sympathise with His enterprise.

3. It is to possess His ruling disposition, or, in other words, the moral inspiration of His soul. It is to have His spirit.

II. The possession of Christ INVOLVES THE HIGHEST LIFE. Eternal life does not mean eternal existence, but eternal goodness; and eternal goodness is the highest paradise of the soul.

1. The life of supremacy. He will be in the highest sense a king.

2. The life of self-oblivious devotion. "Not my will, but Thine be done."

3. The life of the highest knowledge.


Parallel Verses
KJV: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

WEB: He who has the Son has the life. He who doesn't have God's Son doesn't have the life.

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