Summary: The 3rd EVIDENCE that gives us the ASSURANCE of our salvation is "Obedience To God’s Word", as seen in I John 2:3-6.
“Blessed Assurance” – Evidence #3
INTRODUCTION: We have been looking at the EVIDENCES that give us the ASSURANCE of our salvation.
These Biblical EVIDENCES will ASSURE us that EITHER: We are SAVED … or LOST.
If a person is a true, born-again believer in Christ, surely there will some EVIDENCE of it in their life.
The Bible, in I John, points out what these EVIDENCES are.
In our study so far, we have seen that:
o A Christian cannot be EFFECTIVE as a Christian if they don’t have the ASSURANCE of their salvation.
o One of the EVIDENCES of salvation is a love-relationship with Jesus (EVIDENCE #1).
o Another EVIDENCE has to do with how one deals with sin in their life (EVIDENCE #2).
NOW … let’s look at EVIDENCE #3 in our SERIES: OBEDIENCE to God’s Word.
For the Christian, OBEDIENCE is not an option … not an elective … not discretionary.
OBEDIENCE is fundamental to the Christian life … primary … a necessity … of utmost importance.
Your Christian life BEGAN with a step of OBEDIENCE … when you OBEYED the gospel call to trust Christ as your personal Savior.
OBEDIENCE doesn’t stop there … you don’t OBEY step 1, become a Christian … then ignore everything else God wants you to do.
That would be like passing your driver’s test, getting your license … then ignoring all the rules of the road … you’re headed for trouble … a wreck!
The heart of being a Christian is living in OBEDIENCE to God and His Word.
There WILL come times when you DISOBEY God … just like there are times when you DISOBEY the rules of the road (I’ve followed some of you on the highway!).
When you are saved, a new lifestyle comes with it … a lifestyle of OBEDIENCE.
The reason why so many DOUBT their salvation, and don’t have the ASSURANCE of their salvation … is because they aren’t living in OBEDIENCE to God’s Word … CONTINUALLY.
If a person CONTINUALLY drives like a maniac, one might doubt whether they have ever passed the driver’s test.
At least, their driving doesn’t give any evidence of it.
We often look at a PAST EVENT to determine if we are saved … our salvation experience.
That’s important … but we can be DECEIVED … and may have been given a COUNTERFEIT experience that makes us THINK we are saved … but really not (walking the isle, repeating a prayer, baptism, joining the church, etc.).
HOWEVER … by looking at our PRESENT OBEDIENCE to the Word of God … we can get a clearer indication of our salvation … and the ASSURANCE of our salvation as well.
Here is a verse that shows the EVIDENCE if you are truly saved or not … and can give you the ASSURANCE of your salvation.
There are 4 things this verse points out:
1.- Obedience Began At Salvation
When you were saved, you came to Christ as an act of OBEDIENCE.
Jesus said in Mark 1:15 - "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."
Salvation is obeying the commandment of Jesus to “repent and believe”.
In order to “repent”, you have to believe that you’re a sinner … and that your sins will condemn you to eternity in Hell.