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Preview for 2014-08-31

Bulletin  Notes

Cautious Love

2 truths regarding the authenticity of your faith

I. God Wants You To Know If You’re One of His ________________ or Not

”By this we know that we have come to know Him.”

A. That is one of the three reasons ________ wrote this book

1. That you might have ____________________ with God and others – 1:3

2. That your ______ might be full – 1:4

3. That you might have greater __________________ of your salvation

1 John 5:13 - These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

B. This book contains several “__________” of an authentic believer

1. 1 John 2:6 - the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

2. 1 John 2:9 - The one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.  The one who loves his brother abides in the light...

3. 1 John 2:15 - Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

4. 1 John 2:29 - If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.

C. Reasons this is so __________________

1. Because so many men and women aren’t ________

2. Because there’s so much __________________ about how a person gets to heaven

3. Because there’s a difference between being a “professor” and being a “__________________”

4. Because assurance frees you up to ______________ this relationship without fear

5. Because __________________ allows you to potentially have assurance in at least three ways

a) ________________________

b) __________________________

c) ____________________________

6. Because there are always going to be people around who would like to make it ______________ than it is

II. People Who Know God __________ His Commands

1 John 2:3 - And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

A. What commands?

1 John 2:4 - The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him…

B. What does it mean to ________?

2 Samuel 6:7 - And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.

C. But I thought we lived under New Testament __________?

Ephesians 2:8-10 - For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

“In this verse the indicative and the imperative of the Christian life are joined together as a cause and effect. This union occurs only to the degree that the soteriological significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ precedes the ethical imperative, so that the indicative of the Christ-event becomes the foundation for and the content of the imperative.” (Daniel Akin, NAC, p. 95)

“Under the new covenant God accepts believers’ loving and sincere, albeit imperfect obedience (cf. 1 Kings 8:46; Prov. 20:9) and forgives their disobedience (cf. Ps. 65:3; 103:3; Isa. 43:25). By His grace they display a consistent, heartfelt devotion to the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16; cf. Hos. 6:6) as revealed in the Word (Ps. 1:1-2; 112:1; 119:1-2; Isa. 48:17-18; Luke 11:28). That willing obedience to Scripture in daily living is a reliable indicator both to self and others that one has come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (cf. Matt. 7:21; John 8:31; 14:21). It differentiates the unregenerate from the regenerate; Paul called the unregenerate “sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2), whereas Peter identified the regenerate “as obedient children” (1 Pet. 1:14). God-honoring obedience is really reflective of genuine love; as John wrote later in this epistle, “we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” (5:26-3) (John MacArthur, 1-3 John, p. 57).

1 John 2:3 - And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.