Summary: Sermon 8 of the series. John's sixteen signs of a true believer (continued). In this sermon, John offers "love for our brother" as the sign of genuince faith.

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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 8: Sixteen Signs of a True Believer (Part IV)

(2 Cor. 13:5; 1 Jn. 3:10-19)

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!


Thus far, we have considered:

1. The Companionship Test: Do I demonstrate that I love the fellowship of the Father, the Son and the Saints?

2. The Comfort Test: Am I sensitive to sin?

3. The Cleansing Test: Have I experienced and accepted the forgiveness of God?

4. The Commandments Test: Am I keeping God’s commandments?

5. The Conformity Test: Does my life conform to the will of God?

6. The Conduct Test: Am I doing rightousness?

7. The Coming Test: Am I showing that I am looking forward to the coming of Christ by living in such a way that I would not be embarrassed by His coming? “He that hath this hope ... purifieth himself.”

8. The Conquering Test: Am I winning the battle over habitual sin?

9. Today we look at the Charity Test: Let’s look into the Word.

Today’s Message

Sign # 9: The Charity Test

(1 John 3:10-19)


• John spends more time talking about this topic than many other topics to which some would give a higher priority.

• John pulls no punches.

• He must deal with this in great detail because of the Gnosticism that was taking root in his day.

• These Gnostics not only had an erroneous view of God, they had a clear hatred for true believers that would not follow their teaching.

HUMOR: A charismatic: someone who loves to hate people that don’t love.

• As we will see, the Charity Test is this: If you don’t love your brother, you are not saved!

• That is blunt, it may go against your feelings, but it is a fact of Scripture.

In our text John tells us that there is ...

I. A Disqualification (10-11)

A. Because Love is Manifested (10)

1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

• John tells us that two things reveal much about us.

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