Summary: In Sermon 6 of the series, we continue looking at the 16 signs of a true believer as revealed in 1 John. In this sermon we ask, Have I experienced forgiveness?, am I keeping God’s commandments?, and am I doing God’s will?
Series: Things That Accompany Salvation
Hebrews 6:9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
Message #1: An Argument in Eternity. Mt. 7:21-23 Many who say “Lord, Lord ...”
Message #2: The Cost of Freedom in Christ. John 8:31-37 True believers continue in the Word!
Message #3: Let’s go to supper! Luke 14:15-24. We must accept Jesus’ invitation.
Message #4: The Cost of Serving Christ Luke 14:25-35 Following Jesus has serious demands!
Message #5: Sixteen Signs (#1) 1 John 1 True Believers fellowship with God and with other believers, and they are not comfortable with sin!
Message 6: Sixteen Signs of a True Believer (Part II)
(2 Cor. 13:5; 1 John 1:3-10)
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
• “Examine” - peirazo = to test, to scrutinize.
• We are to examine our faith.
• But with what are we to test it?
• We are to examine ourselves by the revealed word of God.
• 28 times in 23 verses John tells us that we can “KNOW” that we are saved!
• We cannot afford to ignore what John, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is telling us!
• There is the danger that we may be “reprobates.”
“reprobate” - to be tested by God and rejected as unapproved, found to be worthless and cast away.
ILLUS: These are the gauges on the dash of your life!
NOTE: These tests are not for you to judge your fellow church member’s salvation. They are to be applied by each person to himself!
I. Sign #3: The Cleansing Test (1:9)
NOTE: We included this on our first handout but did not finish that sermon.
• Have I experienced forgiveness, cleansing, and restoration after confession? (1:9)
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
A. The Condition of Our Forgiveness (1:9A)
“confess our sins”
• To confess means not just to admit our sins, but to say the same thing about them that God says.
• It is to stop excusing sin, stop winking at sin, and deal with it.
• We must stop putting band aids on places where God knows we need a cast!
ILLUS: Wiersbe tells of a counselor who was trying to help a man who had come forward during an evangelistic meeting. "I’m a Christian," the man said, "but there’s sin in my life, and I need help." The counselor showed him 1 John 1:9 and suggested that the man confess his sins to God.
"O Father," the man began, "if we have done anything wrong—"
"Just a minute!" the counselor interrupted. "Don’t drag me into your sin! My brother, it’s not ’if’ or ’we’—you’d better get down to business with God!"
The counselor was right.
—Bible Exposition Commentary - New Testament
• Confession is not praying a lovely prayer, or making pious excuses, or trying to impress God and other Christians.
• True confession is naming sin—calling it by name what God calls it: envy, hatred, lust, deceit, or whatever it may be.
• Confession simply means being honest with ourselves and with God, and if others are involved, being honest with them too.
• It is more than admitting sin.
• It means judging sin and facing it squarely. (BEC)
B. The Confidence of Our Forgiveness (1:9B)
• “He is faithful and just”
• You can count on Him and what He does for you will be right!
ILLUS: You ever play a game with someone who is distracted. You cough, or clear your throat, or touch them. When they finally look at you, you say, “It’s your move.”
• Friend, if you want cleansing this morning, “It’s your move.”
• God is faithful!
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.
C. The Completeness of Our Forgiveness (1:9C)
Psalms 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
• One may say, “I can never forgive myself.”
• You must understand that you are using the wrong criterion.
• Yes, there is restoration to be made where possible.
• Yes, there is asking the offended party for forgiveness where possible.
• But ultimately, you must accept that GOD has forgiven you!
1 John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
• The true believer will have experienced and accepted the forgiveness of God!