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Rembrandt-philosopher

k. Test of Assurance #3: More Questions to examine ourselves

i.      Establish the need: How do I know if I’m saved?

ii.      Purpose: To examine ourselves with questions to see if we are in the faith.

iii.      Question 2d: Do you follow God’s commandments?

1. Passage:By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” (1 John 2:3-6)

2. Proof:

a. Statement of reality in v.3

The Greek word for keep has the idea of watchful, careful obedience.

b. What if one does not keep God’s commandments?  This is the subject of verse 4 which states this individual:

i.      “is a liar

ii.      “and the truth is not in him

c. The characteristic of the true believer is described in verses 5-6.

i.      Note the ability to walk in His commandments require abiding in Him.

ii.      Don’t forget that a believer is saved to do good works (Ephesians 2:10)

3. Probe and Ponder:

a. Do you obey God’s commandments?

b. Is your obedience to God’s commandments because of your union with Christ?

iv.      Question 2e: Do you reject loving the world more than God?

1. Passage:Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)

2. Proof:

a. Statement of reality in v.15: “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him

The Greek word for “world” “speaks of a system encompassing false religion, errant philosophy, crime, immorality, materialism and the like.”[1]

b. The issue is not action but the inward affections and lust as well as verse 16 teaches.

c. Powerful motive to fight lusts: “The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” (v.17)

3. Probe and Ponder:

a. What do you love more: God or something else?

b. When no one is there, does your action show you love God or the world?

c. Pray to God to reveal to you what your true love is, and that you love Him more than the world.

v.      Question 2f: Do you love Jesus and others? (1 John 4:7-14)

1. Passage:Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is [a]born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested [b]in us, that God has sent His [c]only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:7-14)

2. Proof:

a. The exhortation to love: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God;” (v.7a)

b. What love and not loving reveal:

i.      If you love: “and everyone who loves is [a]born of God and knows God.  (v.7b)

ii.      If you do not love: “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (v.8)

iii.      The basis of our love for others is because of the implication of the Gospel (v.9-11)

1. Gospel explained (v.9-10)

2. Gospel implication (v.11)

3. Probe and Ponder:

a. Do you just have mere sentiments for others or real love?

b. Do you sacrificially serve others rather than serve them to your selfish ends?

c. Pray to God to reveal to you what your true love is, and that you love Him more than the world.


[1] John MacArthur, Saved Without a Doubt (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992), 74.

 

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