Be Sure of Your Salvation! (Part 3) - Notes/Study Sheet

(I John 5:1-4)

 

Introduction:

   * 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.