Summary: If we examine ourselves, we can know for sure whether or not we are saved.
Proof of Life
March 10, 2013 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: If we examine ourselves, we can know for sure whether or not we are saved.
Focus Passage: 2 Corinthians 13:5-10
Introduction: What proves you are living? Your birth certificate? Your driver's license? When a paramedic arrives on the scene, he looks to see if a person is breathing, has a heartbeat, and has any brain activity. How can someone check to see if they have eternal life? Do they have the Holy Spirit (breath), do they love (heartbeat), do they manifest any fruit (activity)?
I. Proof of Life: Breath (Holy Spirit)
a. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation--having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14 NASB)
b. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:16-25 NASB)
c. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. (2 Timothy 1:14 NASB
II. Proof of Life: Heartbeat (Love)
a. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 NASB)
b. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8 NASB)
c. "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:12-13 NASB)
III. Proof of Life: Activity (Works)
a. What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? (James 2:14 NASB)
b. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NASB)