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

                    important?

 

                      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

                              one?

 

        - 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

                       neighbor

                - 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

            beginning.

          - 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

                   another

 

- 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

            directs.

 

- 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

             brethren?

 

        - 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

           about

 

        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

            verses?

 

        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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