1 John 5:13
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Paul Washer: Today we’re going to be talking about salvation. There is nothing more important than the Gospel of Jesus Christ and salvation. Most of you are younger than I am. But, you’ll find that life is going to flee quickly; that your days are going to pass quickly. That it will be less than a century, less than several decades. That everyone of us will stand before God and be judged. There are some that will stand before Him and hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” There will be others who have rejected grace, all their life. They have rejected grace and because of that, they will hear, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”
It is very clear cut in Scripture, but because of the country in which we live, filled with so much heresy, it is hard for many to discern whether or not they’re truly Christian.
- Some take the Gospel as if it were something to buy after a sales pitch, thinking that their eternal security is locked down. That it is secure, because one time in their life they prayed a prayer and asked Jesus to come in.
- There are others who walk in condemnation, because they’ve had legalism and all sorts of self righteousness thrown upon them, so that even though they are true believers in Christ, they walk in constant doubt.
Only the Scriptures can give us the correct balance. Only the Scriptures. How do we know that we are truly Christian, when it is so easy to be deceived? On one side- being nonchalant about the faith. On the other side, wreaking self righteousness. How can we truly know that we are Christian? And that is the reason this book was written 1 john chapter 5 tells us these things. What are these things? The things written in this book were written to those who believe in the Name of the Son of God. It was written to true believers. For what purpose? That upon hearing the word of God, the Spirit of God would apply it to their heart and they would have a biblical assurance that they were converted. Now, that’s John’s purpose. But, at the same time, I want you to see that this purpose can reverse itself upon those who think they believe, and yet do not. Because, John is going to give us a series of tests, by which we can examine our lives, to see if we are in the faith. And those who are true believers will rejoice and be made strong at what they hear in this text. Those who are unbelievers… Well, there are two possibilities:
- That their hearts are so hardened, that they’ll hear these standards, judge themselves and still have peace.
- Or, their hearts will break and they will begin to see, “I do not know Him… I do not know Him.”
Before we go through these tests, I want to go through a small introduction in this way:
How do we know we are Christian? There is one sense where we can look at this logically, but with a true logic and with an honesty. The Bible promises this: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.There is propositional truth here. There are statements being made. And those statements are these: The one who believes in Christ has eternal life. And so, there’s logic, there’s reason. You ask yourself: Do I believe? Do I trust in Christ alone? Or am I trusting in Christ plus something? So many today claim to have a faith in Christ, and yet, when I press them, press them, press them, eventually, they work themselves back around to their own self righteousness.
But, the true believer… well, let me say it this way: It would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it would be for someone to pass through to heaven with a shred of self-righteousness upon them. The true believer is a broken person. The true believer mourns over sin. The true believer only has hope and joy and peace because of Christ. The true believer does not delight in constant inward looks, rejoicing in their own piety and they do not call attention to themselves. But, they adopt the sayings of the psalmist who said, “Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thee be the glory.” .. Will not draw attention to themselves. Will not boast in their own righteousness. Will not exalt their own piety. Will not open up the door and say, “Look at me!” Because your most righteous deeds are filthy rags before a holy God and it stinks in the nostrils of God.
But, the true believer says, “I have nothing except Christ and Christ alone. They have grown in true spiritual wisdom, so that they say this, “I no longer boast in the flesh, but I hope in Christ, Christ alone. I know and have seen, and will see again genuine believers who struggle with doubting their salvation. I have seen that. Sometimes you hear the false teaching that if you doubt your salvation it’s because you’re lost. That’s not true. The reason why this Book was written is because a genuine believer can come to the point of doubting their salvation. A genuine believer can doubt their salvation. But, a genuine believer will never doubt one truth: That Christ is their only hope. A genuine believer may go back and forth in this, “Am I saved? Am I not saved?” But, they will not go back and forth with, “Am I righteous enough to be saved? Or, am I not righteous enough to be saved?” That’s been settled in their heart. That’s been settled in their hearts.
Now, verse 13…. (From the first 9 minutes with 55 minutes of the message remaining)
Paul Washer @ http://heartcrymissionary.com
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