Summary: Love is meant to be the defining characteristic of the Christian. What’s that look like in the context of your life?
What’s Love Got To Do With It? - 1 John 2:7-11 - June 30, 2013
Series: That We May Know – Life With Jesus - #6
I’ll invite you to open your Bibles with me this morning to the book of 1 John as we continue in our series entitled, “That We May Know – Life With Jesus.” 1 John, chapter 2, and we’ll begin reading in verse 7. This is our sixth message in the series, and if you’re just joining us for the first time today, or if you have missed a message or two in weeks past and want to get caught up, you can do so by simply going to our church website and listening on-line.
Now over the years I’ve met a number of people who struggle with what we might call “assurance of salvation.” What I mean by that is this: large numbers of people in our churches are simply hoping that they will enter into heaven when they die, but who live with the fear that they may not. They don’t have any assurance of salvation, and, because they don’t have any assurance, they don’t have any comfort in, nor any joy from, their faith either. Day by day, week by week, they go through the motions, hoping against all odds that if they do everything right, that maybe, just maybe, they’ll make the final cut; they’ll discover that their sins really have been forgiven and that they truly have been born again.
And maybe you’re one of them. You’re not sure. You’re not certain. You’re only hoping that salvation is yours, but you live in fear that it might not be. Now in some cases that fear is not a bad thing; it might even be justified. We’re told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. And the truth is that there are some people today who should be living with that fear, because when it comes right down to it, they aren’t saved. All these years they’ve been going through the motions, and they have a form of godliness, but one without any power. They have deceived themselves - and that’s something Scripture warns us about again and again, saying, “Do not deceive yourselves,” “Do not be deceived.” In other words, “Don’t fool yourself,” “Don’t believe something to be true that isn’t.”
The good news is this: We don’t have to guess. We don’t have to live with that uncertainty; with that fear. John says we don’t have to wonder. He says we can know. We can have that assurance that we crave. In 1 John 5:13 he writes these words … “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.” (1 John 5:13, NIV84) All these things that John is writing in this book, he’s written that you and I may know that we really have been saved. That’s why we’re going through this book verse by verse because we don’t want to miss anything that John is trying to tell us here. We need to take these things that he is writing, and apply them to our lives. Because what John does is to give to us a number of tests regarding salvation, so that we may examine ourselves to see if we really are in the faith. And we’ve looked at a couple of those tests in this series already.