Summary: Continuing in our series on the ASSURANCE OF SALVATION, one of the evidences that you are a true Christian is that the believer will understand the truth and identify error.
“BLESSED ASSURANCE” – Evidence #6
“Understanding The Truth”
INTRODUCTION: We continue in our series on EVIDENCES of salvation that give us the ASSURANCE of salvation.
You can’t base your ASSURANCE of salvation on a PAST experience … it may have been COUNTERFEIT. We are to base the ASSURANCE of salvation on PRESENT EVIDENCES. We see these EVIDENCES in the book of 1 John.
We have seen, so far:
EVIDENCE #1 – A TRUE Christian will have a relationship with Jesus.
EVIDENCE #2 – A TRUE Christian will deal with the sin in their life.
EVIDENCE #3 – A TRUE Christian will obey God’s Word.
EVIDENCE #4 – A TRUE Christian will love other Christians.
EVIDENCE #5 – A TRUE Christian will forsake the world.
NOW – EVIDENCE #6 – A TRUE Christian will UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH.
Do you remember before you were saved? You read the Bible, but you really didn’t understand it … it didn’t make much sense to you. You thought of it as “The Good Book” … you respected it … BUT … it didn’t mean very much to you.
When you were saved, the Holy Spirit came to live inside of you … to TEACH you. John 16:13 (quickview)  - "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”
There were many FALSE teachers in John’s day (like today) … leading people astray (Jim Jones, false cults). They needed a special discernment as to what was TRUE … and what was FALSE.
“For false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.”
1 John 2:19 (quickview)  – False teachers do not last in the church. They come and go, taking their lost followers with them. Those who follow these false teachers are LOST. This is how God purifies, purges, and cleanses the Church.
John 14:17 (quickview)  – “That is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.”
NOW – John tells us how we can identify FALSE teachers.
1 John 2:24-26 (quickview)  – TRUE Christians will never fall for the lies of the FALSE teachers. John 8:31 (quickview)  – “So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;” The TRUE Christian won’t follow the FALSE teachers. John 10:5 (quickview)  - "A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."