(I John 5:1-4)
* From our previous study of I John, we learned:
- even Christians will occasionally sin but mustn’t live a live of habitual sin.
- we have an advocate with Jesus Christ for those times we do sin and we can receive forgiveness of it.
- we must walk in light, confess sins, keep God’s commandments, exemplify Christ in our lives, love the brethren,
and love not the world.
- we benefit from God’s love, we’re challenged because world doesn’t know us, & greatest task is to live a pure life.
* John 17:3 – Knowing God is essential to Christianity. * Christians can be sure of their salvation (I John 5:13).
1. I John 5:1-5.
* Obedience to Gospel = new birth (John 3:3-5).
* Jeremiah’s prophecy (Heb. 8:8-12): New Covenant is different. Old Law – born into, then taught. New Law – taught,
then born into.
* Must learn the Gospel to be born anew. Gospel is good news about Christ’s redemptive plan (I Cor. 15:1-4).
* One who believes obediently is begotten of God (I John 5:1). Without new birth, one isn’t in family of God (Jn. 3:5).
* Christians must love each other and God. Loving God is seeking to please Him above all else:
- John 14:15 –
- John 15:14 –
* Our love for others comes from our love for God (I Jn. 5:2).
* His commandments are not burdensome (v. 3). Christians should want to follow God’s commands.
* Obedient faith overcomes the world! God’s will must be done. Consider:
- Joseph –
- Jesus –
2. I John 5:6-12.
* Christian faith/confidence proportional to evidence.
* “for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son” (I John 5:9).
* Three witnesses of verse 8 testify: 1) God gave us eternal life. 2) Such life is in His Son.
* How do we know that Jesus is God’s Son? John answers:
1) _____________ came. 2) He came with ________________ & _______________. 3) _____________ &
_____________ witness His deity. 4) The Holy _______________ is also a witness. 5) These witnesses point to deity
of Christ. 6) We accept witness of men, so... 7) How better is the witness of God?
* “Water” represents ____________________ & blood represents________________________ (Mt. 26:28; Acts 2:38).
* Our faith comes through the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).
3. I John 5:13-17.
* I Jn. 5:13 – “These things” mean whole book. God wants us to love others like He loves us. We must love those who
don’t love us (Matt. 5:44).
* John’s Gospel written to teach Jesus is Christ (Jn. 20:30). I John written for confidence of our salvation (5:13).
* Our confidence illustrated by prayer (I Jn. 5:14-15). A confident Christian prays w/respect for God’s will (Mt. 26:39).
* Prayer must be: in faith (Jas. 1:6), in Jesus’ name (Jn. 14:14), made by Christians (Jn. 15:17) who are forgiving (Mk.
11:25), and obedient (I Jn. 3:22). Prayer not for selfish desires (Jas. 4:3).
* Prayer for sinning brother? Ineffective if he lives in sin (I Jn. 5:16). If we confess/repent, prayer helps (I Jn. 1:9; Gal 6:1).
4. I John 5:18-21.
* One begotten of God not living in unrestrained sin (v. 18). Christ protects us (Mt. 20:19).
- I Jn. 1:7 -
- I Tim. 6:12 –
* V. 19 – Christians are of God. World submits to Satan. We’re living one life or the other (Ps. 1; Mt. 7:13-14; Jas. 4:4).
* Our assurance based on fact that the Son of God is come” (Col. 2:3).
* I Jn. 5:20 – We serve the true God. Only the Lord has the words of eternal life (Jn. 6:68).
R.W. McAlister 9/6/09 p.m.