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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

1 John 2:3-6 (quickview) 

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!).

1 John 1:8 (quickview) 

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.

1 John 2:3 (quickview) 

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 (quickview)  - "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.

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