The record that men are required to believe is that eternal life is God’s free gift to sinners through His Son.  This is the wonderful blessing of which all real believers partake.  The record of the Gospel is that God sent His Son into the world, so that whosoever believeth on Him may have everlasting life, and be raised up to glory at the last day.  This life is to be found in Christ alone, and nowhere else.  If we go searching in other religions, or within ourselves, for answers to eternal questions, we must inevitably come up empty.  Only when we commit ourselves totally to Jesus Christ will we find the eternal life which is the only security for lost sinners.

John has uttered many things in this brief epistle so profound as to boggle our feeble minds.  But the son of thunder also possessed a gift for simplifying his doctrine so that even a child could understand it.  This he does in verse 12, when he tells us, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”  It cannot be made any plainer than this.  Eternal life can only be possessed by those who are in a vital, living union with Jesus Christ.  He must be apprehended, in His person and graces, by faith.  We must trust in Him, and commit ourselves to Him as the only Saviour, and as His servants.  This is the man that “hath the Son.”  All else are on the outside, with the wrath of God hovering over them like the executioner’s axe.  They remain in a state of death and condemnation, enemies of God, children of the Devil, and aliens from the commonwealth of Israel.  Surely there is no more deplorable lack in the world than to have not the Son.  One may possess all earthly goods, along with fame and power, but if he has not the Son, his situation is most pitiable.  But the believer in Christ may rejoice, even if he is poor, downtrodden, persecuted, and dying, for his life is hid with Christ in God, and he knows that he shall soon appear with the Saviour in glory.  This great truth must be impressed as with a branding iron upon our minds, for our very eternal destiny depends on it.