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Summary: There are certain assurrances every Christian should have.

Text: 1 John 5:1-21

Title: The Christian’s assurance

Introduction

This final chapter of 1 John is all about certain assurances given to everyone who is a genuine believer in Jesus Christ.

As I list the assurances given to everyone who is a genuine believer lets ask; “Do I have all of these assurances?”

1.The assurance of eternal life (6-13)

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (v13)

2.The assurance of victory over the world (1-5)

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (v5)

3.The assurance of answered prayer (14-17)

“And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.” (v15)

4.The assurance of God’s protection so that we never again come under the control of the evil one (18-21)

“We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin, the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.” (V18)

1. The assurance of eternal life (6-13)

“This is the one who came by water and blood – Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify; the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept man’s testimony, but God’s is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life and this life is in the Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

Myth: No one can really know for sure that they have eternal life.

1.The Bible was written that you may know for sure who has eternal life.

“He who has the Son has life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (v12)

2.The testimony God has given us about His Son

“Eternal life is in the Son.”

Eternal life is not in a religion or a set of rules but in a person

3. There are three others who testify that eternal life is in the Son.

1.The Spirit

2.The water= by which He offered himself in baptism as the savior of the world

3.The blood =by which he purchased for us the free gift of eternal life

Many do have yet have eternal life because they do not have the testimony about Jesus Christ where it counts.

V10 “Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart.”

Many do not yet have eternal life because they do not have the testimony about Jesus in their hearts. They have historical facts about Jesus in their heads but their hearts are closed to Jesus. Knowing some historical facts about Jesus is not enough. The Devil knows more about Jesus but he is not going to heaven.

Do you know for sure that you have eternal life? If you believe in Jesus Christ you already have eternal life.

2.The assurance of victory over the world (1-5)

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God; by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God – to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

a.Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world (v5)

b.Everyone born of God overcomes the world (v4)

c.Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God (v1)

Everyone who believes in Jesus has eternal life and overcomes the world.

What does the believer in Christ overcome that the world is so against?

1.The world is so against us loving God

Whenever you love God you are overcoming the world.

In fact you are overcoming the world right now by being in church. (if you are here because you love God)

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