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Summary: A look at I John 5 to see the fruits of a saved person

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A TEST FOR WHETHER A PERSON IS SAVED

TEXT - I John 5

INTRO. - Are you saved? Are you a real Christian? Are

you going to heaven? Not everyone who talks about heaven

is going there. Not everyone who says "Lord, Lord" will

enter heaven. Many people have gone forward at an

invitation and shook the preachers hand and yet did not

get saved. Many have been caught up in the emotion of a

great service and mistook that for salvation. When a

person really gets saved he receives the Holy Spirit.

See Rom. 8:9 The incoming Holy Spirit makes the new

convert a "new creature in Christ Jesus". The Holy

Spirit makes a change in the life of a person. If fact,

the Holy Spirit makes many changes. I John 5 tells us

some of these changes that come into the believer’s life

and heart at salvation.

I. A CHRISTIAN BELIEVES IN JESUS AS THE CHRIST - vs. 1

This shows me that a person who does not put his faith

in Jesus Christ cannot be saved. This faith is not a

historical faith where one believes that Jesus existed.

One can believe in George Washington and not be saved

and one can believe in Jesus Christ in the same way he

believes in George Washington and not be saved.

II. A CHRISTIAN HAS A LOVE FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS - vs. 1

The Holy Spirit spreads the love of God abroad in our

hearts and a part of that love is a love for God’s

children. I wonder about people who claim to be saved

and yet seem to hate others. See ch. 3:14, 4:20-21

III. A CHRISTIAN LOVES GOD - vs. 2

Do you love God. If we really love God then we will want

to meet God at his house, we will want to talk to God in

prayer, and we will want to serve and please Him. See

chapter 1:6.

IV. A CHRISTIAN WILL KEEP GOD’S COMMANDMENTS AND THEY

WILL NOT BE GRIEVOUS -vs. 3

If you are saved you will want to keep the Lord’s

commandments partly out of love and partly out of a new

nature that you have. The commandments will not be

grievous to obey. They will not be some undesirable task

to obey. Some religious people live sad lives trying to

live up to God’s commandments. The real Christian will

find the commandments a joy and desire to obey.

V. A CHRISTIAN OVERCOMES THE WORLD - vs. 4

The world is a powerful thing to overcome. It has many

temptations and pitfalls. It is the devil’s backyard.

There is greed, lust, jealousy, envy, etc.... The real

Christian has the promise that he can and will overcome

with God’s help.

VI. A CHRISTIAN HAS THE WITNESS IN HIMSELF - vs. 10

Rom. 8:16 says that the Spirit bears witness with our

spirit that we are the children of God. Bible salvation

through faith in Christ is a know-so salvation. It is

not a hope-so or guess-so. Notice vs. 13 "that ye may

know". A person who says "I guess I’m saved" is

automatically put on my question mark list of saved

people. When I got saved I knew it from the inside out.

The person who led me to Christ could not have talked me

out of what I knew had happened to me.

VII. A CHRISTIAN HAS THE SON - vs. 12

Do you have Jesus? I am not asking if you have religion,

a church home, a decent life or a baptismal certificate.

The word "Christian" = Christ-i-an or Christ’s I am.


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