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Sermon: Christian assurance

1 John 5:13-21

13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 14 And this is the confidence that we have [a]in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. 16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. 18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

the old saying is that there is 2 great certainties in life.

Death and taxes

well I will certainly agree with the Death part.

cause I can guarantee you all that we will all die one of these days.

If you ever want to kill a conversation

just start talking about death.

no one wants to talk about that topic

but the fact is it's part of life just the same

We’ll all face it in the end, but none of us seems to want to face it now.

It’s almost as though we’re scared of it.

almost as if people think that if you talk about death someone might die.

That the grim reaper is prowling around just waiting to pounce on anyone who draws his attention to themselves.

Perhaps some think that not thinking about it will put it off.

Well, don’t be fooled none of us knows the day or the hour.

For the people of the new Testament death was often in their thoughts.

They were a persecuted Church for whom the next day, the next hour even, could signal arrest and possible death.

we find some 200 references to death or dying in the letters of the New Testament.

But what I want you to notice is that death was never referred to as a thing to fear. Rather the message of the gospel was that the fear of death has been removed.

In the place of death is eternal life.

Far from fearing death,

the Christian can see death as a necessary step that leads to new life,

something to release us from all the troubles of this world.

So John writes to the Christians in the late first century words that are equally as important to us today.

John tells us that he wrote these things to those who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that we may know that we have eternal life.

There’s no need to fear death if you believe in the name of the Son of God, because belief & faith in Jesus brings eternal life.

Back in ch 4 John told us that there is no fear in love but that perfect love drives out all fear, and

that's why those of us in a love relationship with Jesus Christ does not have to fear even death itself

Believing in Jesus Christ isn’t just about knowledge and belief, you see, it’s about a relationship.

It’s about a relationship of love.

Believing in the name of Christ and loving Christ are synonymous.

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