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Summary: There is much uncertainty in the world; it is the nature of the world in which we live. We are limited, finite beings which means there will be much in our lives of which we will be uncertain.

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Assurance Of Salvation

Blessed Assurance part 2

11/01/09 AM

Text: 1 John 5:11-12

INTRODUCTION:

There is much uncertainty in the world; it is the nature of the world in which we live. We are limited, finite beings which means there will be much in our lives of which we will be uncertain. This is nothing new, the text for our lesson this morning comes from 1 John and was written because of uncertainty or it may be better said that the text was written because of certainty. In the first century church there were those who were causing uncertainty in the minds and hearts of the church concerning Jesus as the messiah, the one true way to the salvation of God. The Apostle John wrote a letter of assurance to the faithful to establish the certainty of the gospel of Jesus. Read 1 John 2:24-26.

The deception came from false teachers who sought to deny Jesus as the way to salvation, the way to eternal life but John sets the record straight: read 1 John 5:11-12.

I. The Testimony

A. It is a statement of fact, a record of truth.

1. From the Greek: marturia (mar-too-ree'-ah) evidence given (judicially or genitive case): - record, report, testimony, witness.

John began this letter with his testimony: read 1 John 1:1-3.

a. John’s testimony was a first person, eye-witness account.

2. But we have a greater witness in God!

a. 1 John 5:9 ( NASB ) If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son.

John 5:36 ( NASB ) “But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish—the very works that I do—testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me.

God’s testimony comes to us by His Son (his life) and by His Spirit (1 John 5:6-7) and those who believe carry this testimony within themselves (v10.)

3. There is the witness of His Word.

a. When Jesus began His ministry it was in fulfillment of God’s Word. (Luke 4:15-21 prophecy of Isaiah 61)

1 John 5:13 (NASB) “These things have I written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life”.

B. The testimony is to the gift of God: eternal life.

1. Eternal life is a gift; it is not something that we earn.

a. Ephesians 2:8 ( NASB ) For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

2 Corinthians 9:15 ( NASB ) Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

II. Eternal Life Is In Christ

A. The gift was necessary because of our sin (Isaiah 59:2)

1. Read Romans 5:8-11

a. 1 Peter 3:18 ( NASB ) For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

John 3:16 ( NASB ) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Not just life but THE life, eternal life and abundantly (John 10:10)


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