Summary: The suffering, Shame, Sorrow & Success of the cross and the assurance of salvation
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John 8:32 (KJV)
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
1 John 5. 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"
1. THE SUFFERING OF THE CROSS - v. 26-30
Is 50:6, Is 52:14
2. HE SHAME OF THE CROSS - Vss. 34-35 -
- The lowest possible form of execution, crucifixion.
- Insult added to injury the soldiers parted his garments,
3. THE SORROW OF THE CROSS - Vss. 45-49
This was the only time Jesus was "forsaken" by God the Father.
The punishment for our sins, He had to bear on His own.
4. THE SUCCESS OF THE CROSS- Vss. 50-51 -
A thick veil surrounded the "Holy of Holies". Inside represented the place where God dwelled. The veil separated between God and man, and only the high priest entered. That entrance was only once a year. When the veil was torn it was torn from top to bottom. God tore the veil! Christ's death symbolized open access to the presence of God for all that come through His Son.
3yr. Billy disobediently strayed from home and got lost. When his parents realized that he was missing, they went out searching for him. Finally, to everyone’s immense relief, they spotted their tearful boy and carried him safely home.
Days later, Billy overheard his mother relate this incident to a visitor. When she reached the part where they went out searching for him, Billy began to relive the story. “Mommy, Mommy!” he sobbed. “Did you ever find me?” Surprised and deeply touched by his doubt, she embraced him and said, “Of course, my child! Don’t you remember that happy moment? See, you’re with us now, and we’ll make sure that you always are.” That settled it for Billy. He simply believed her word.
- 1 John was written to give believers the assurance of salvation.
I. The Basis of Assurance.
"These things have I written unto you... that ye may know."
- Assurance does not come through any special revelation from Heaven
- Not from secret inside information
- it is from the written Word. "He that bath the Son hath life" (v. 12).
II. Who is Assured.
"You that believe."
- To believe on the Name of the Son of God in NT times was to take up the Cross.
- The object of faith is the Son of God as a living, abiding Personality.
- It is not written, "Believe and be saved," but "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16. 31).
- Faith that does not take hold of Christ is a dead faith.
- To be assured of salvation we need more than faith in things, we need faith in Him.
III. The Advantage of Assurance
" This is something different from, and something better than, mere eternal existence.
- Devils know about eternal existence, but they know nothing experimentally of eternal life.
- This life stands for the sum of all good, now and hereafter.