Basic Truths: Assurance of Salvation - Why People Have Doubts #4

Faith Church September 14, 1991 1 John 2:6-17

- we're studying basic Bible truths and our first lessons

  have dealt with the subject of assurance of salvation

- we've said that:

   1) God wants you to be saved:

      II Peter 3:9 - God is "...longsuffering toward us, not

          willing that any should perish, but all should come

          to repentance."


   2) God wants you to know for sure that you're saved:

      I John 5:13 - "These things have I written unto you..."


- we've been talking about having assurance in three

   different ways:


- INPUT?  (historically, theologically, experientially)


- we said two weeks ago that there is a book of the Bible

   that is especially suited to that third source of

   assurance, because it gives a series of tests for folks to

   apply to themselves to help determine whether they are

   genuinely saved


- INPUT - Book?


- INPUT - first two tests we've already studied? (walks in

            the light, guards the commands)


- let's pick up the third test by reading I John 2:6-17

    (divide into 6-9, 10-11, 12-14, 15-17)


- the third tests we're going to study is:


III. He Loves Brothers More and the World Less


    - lets look at these subjects in the order in which John

       addresses them


    A. Relationship to brothers and sisters in Christ


        - John is saying - if you want to determine whether a

            person is a believer in Christ or not, look at

            their relationship to other people in the church.

        - people who are saved love the brethren


        - let's talk for a minute about:


        1. the meaning of love


           - for some this will be review - but it's

             important that we all understand this in order

             to get the thrust of what John is saying


           - INPUT - what are some of the world's definitions

                     of love?

           - INPUT - what is love biblically? Proof?

        2. the importance of loving the brothers


            a. in this passage


                - INPUT- what from verses 6-8 tell us that

                    loving the bretheren is extreemely



                      v. 6 - thats how Jesus walked (we'll

                          talk more about that in a minute)


                      v. 7-8 - it's a command that's had a

                          central place in the Word of God


                          INPUT - from verses 7-8 - is this

                              commandment an old one or a new



        - the answer is - it's both.

            cf. Rom. 13:8-10


        - point is - loving others has always been central

             to the commands of God.

                - you don't covet because you love your


                - you don't steal....

                - you don't lie....


        - INPUT - so in what sense is this command "new"?

            - new in that now we have had the perfecxt model

              of love live before us.


            - cf. I John 1:1-2 (read)


        - INPUT - what are the implications to the fact that

            our Savior has modeled perfect love before us?

                (no excuse) - regardless of background



        - point so far - this command is important because

            it's been central in the law of God from the very


          - it's important because we now have seen and

              experienced perfect love through through the

              Person of Jesus Christ



            b. from other passages


                - John 13:34 - By this shall all men know

                   that ye are my disciples - if you love one



- there's one more truth we need to lay down next to these

   and then we'll talk about some specific applications


        3. evidence of that love


            - INPUT - according to verses 9-11 - what is the

evidence of a person who loves his brethren? (or could answer

it negatively - what is the evidence of a person who

doesn't?)  - he walks in darkness

- let's talk for a menaing about what John is picturing


- Warren Wiersbe - "the mind of man is not a debating ground

      - it's a picture gallery"


   - picture is of a person walking in darkness


   - INPUT - what does that picture to you? (cf. walking

         through the auditorium in the dark)


       - issue is direction - believers have direction in

            relationships because love governs/controls and



- overall point - one experiential evidence of a person's

    salvation is how they think about and how they relate to

    and how they treat the brethren.


- now, we need to start asking some questions:


    1) what evidence is there in your life that you love the

         brethren?  Is that evidence lacking?


        - let's bat this around:


        - INPUT - what might be true of the person who says

             he/she is a believer but doesn't really love the



        - INPUT - what kinds of things will be true of the

              person who does love the brethren?  (cf.

              conference - serving others without really

              knowing them)



- these verses give us a great opportunity to think about the

    goal God has for us as believers

      (quickly hit - goal & put off/on)


- what we're talking about this morning is a great

    opportunity to identify specific ways we can work on

    becoming more like our Savior


- if you've had trouble as we've gone thorugh these questions

    we've been asking, there's two possible reasons


    1) not saved

    2) haven't been living for the right goal


        - wouldn't it be great if, as a result of studying

          these verses, either someone was saved, ort someone

          said - I'm going tp pursue the goal of being more

          like the Lord Jesus Christ much more agressively.


        - show Easter drama clip - last supper








- if a person is going to do what these verses are saying,

   he'she is also going to have to work on:


    B. His relationship to the world


        - read 2:15-17


        - let's talk quickly about what world we're talking



        1. What "world?"


        3 uses of word "world" in the Bible


            1) universe - cosmos - earth - God made the world


            2) world of people - God so loved the world


            3) world "system" - philosophies - way

                unbelievers think about and view this world,

                life, etc.


        - INPUT - which word is John speaking about in these



        2. believer doesn't "love" it


            - INPUT - based on our discussion of the word

                "love", what is John talking about here?


                - sacrificing for - giving self for


                - some folks say they're Christians, yet they

                  are entirely emersed in the world

                - they love the world

                - they sacrifice for the world


                - that's where their affection is

                - their loyalty, attention, etc.


            - the believer doesn't love it for 2 reasons:


            a. because He knows it's not of the Father


                - a person who's saved can look at the world

                  and say - "thats not of God"

                - that kind of lust - it's not of God

                - that kind of pride - its not of God


            b. it's passing away


                - illus - John McFalls


IV. He Doesn't "Fall" For Unacceptable Substitutes


    - read 3:11-17


    A. Murder



    B. hate



    C. Indifference


        - many folks know murder is wrong, and know hate is

           wrong--but haven't gotten over indifference


        - indifference says - I see the need, but I'm not

             willing to sacrifice to meet it


        - some folks use indifference as a way to control

          or hurt others



             - cf. husband/wife relationships



V. Our Model of Love


    - read 5:19-21

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