Summary: This is a sermon I preached prior to my birth day. It can be tailored to your birth date. It's also about being "born again".

The Christian’s Birthday

1 John 5:1-13

[1]Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.

[2] By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.

[3] For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

[4] For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.

[5] Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

[6] This is He who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.

[7] For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

[8] And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.

[9] If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.

[10] He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

[11] And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

[12] He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

[13] These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

We are now officially in the Christmas Season.

Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus.

We don’t know the date when Jesus was born in Bethlehem,

The first recorded date of Christmas celebrated December 25th

was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine.

He was the first Christian Roman Emperor.

A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared

that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the 25th December.

However, I’m not going to preach on the birth of Jesus.

As you know, my birthday is December 4th.

I will be 70 years old on Tuesday.

However, I have 2 birthdays.

December 4 is my physical birthday.

March 16th is my spiritual birthday.

Even though I was raised in a Christian home,

was faithfully brought to church by my parents,

sat through numerous sermons and Sunday School classes,

and attended numerous Bible School programs,

I actually accept Jesus as my Savior on March 16, 1988.

So March 16th is my Spiritual Birthday!

I think every Christian ought to know

whether or not he or she is truly saved.

That should be a knowledge beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Do you know the date when you were saved?

A Spiritual Birth date is far more important

than your Physical Birth Date.

Your Physical Birth Date marks the day

when your body was born into this world.

However, your body will someday die and cease to live.

Your Spiritual Birth Date marks the day

when your soul was given eternal life.

In our Bible text for today

John was writing to encourage people

to believe in Jesus for eternal life

The word “believe” appears 86 times in John’s gospel

The word “know” or “known” is used 38 times.

So assurance of salvation is something

that God obviously wants us to have.

So what is salvation and what are we to be assured of?

(1) It means every sin is forgiven and buried in God’s forgetfulness.

(2) It means the Holy Spirit comes to live within us.

(3) It means when we die (or Jesus comes again)

we have the assurance of a home in Heaven.

Many times I have heard someone say, “I hope I’m saved”

or “I think I’m saved”

A Christian should be confident that he has a home in Heaven

and the deed has been purchased by the blood of Jesus.

Assurance of salvation comes when we realize

that the one we are really trusting in is Jesus,

and not ourselves for our eternal life.

Salvation is based on the work of God and not human merit!

Point #1. The uncertainty of salvation still troubles many people today.

[13] These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

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