Family Bible Study lesson for July 11: Encouraged By Sure Salvation : Friday, June 25, 2004
June 25 2004 by Phyllis Elvington

Family Bible Study lesson for July 11: Encouraged By Sure Salvation : Friday, June 25, 2004
Friday, June 25, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for July 11: Encouraged By Sure Salvation

By Phyllis Elvington
Focal Passage: I John 3:23-24; 5:1-5, 9-13, 18-19

There are really only two groups of people in the world: saved people and lost people. You either know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior or you do not know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.

Are you saved? If you died tonight, are you absolutely certain that you will spend eternity with God in Heaven?

I am sure. As a Christian, I am absolutely confident that the moment I take my last breath on this earth, that the next breath will be in the very presence of Jesus.

How do I know this for a fact?

First and most importantly, God says so in His word: "...to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:6-8).

Secondly, salvation is a gift God freely gives to anyone who believes on His name, Rom. 10:13 and Eph. 2:8-9.

Thirdly, God is faithful and cannot go back on His promises. Jesus said in John 10:29, "My Father, which gave them to Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand."

Do you still need proof that you can be absolutely sure of your salvation? The apostle John wrote the letter we know as First John to assure believers everywhere, "that you may know that you have eternal life" (v. 5:13).

In the letter, John lists several evidences that will encourage you to be confident of your salvation. Remember, however, that these are the evidences/results of salvation. We can do nothing on our own to earn our salvation.

Obedience to God

1 John 3:23-24

One of the most obvious evidences of salvation is obedience. Jesus said in John 14:15, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." He also said in John 14:24, "He who does not love Me does not keep My words."

It seems fairly safe to say that obedience should be at the top of the priority list in the life of a Christian.

Love for God and His people

1 John 5:1-5

When a lawyer tried to trick Jesus by asking Him which commandment in the law was the greatest, Jesus responded, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. ... You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Matt. 22:37-40).

If you are saved, one thing is certain: you love God and His people. The two are really inseparable. 1 John 4:20b states, "For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen."

Belief in the Son of God

1 John 5:9-13

1 John 5:12-13 is one of the most powerful passages in all of scripture: "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life." These verses need no commentary. The question that needs to be asked is: "Do you have the Son?"

A life changed by God

1 John 5:18-19

William Barclay explained these verses by stating that the Christian has been freed from the power of sin. A Christian may still sin, but "he is not the helpless slave of sin." He will not continue to sin because he has the power of the Holy Spirit living within him to strengthen and guide him.

Read 1 John 4:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, and Matthew 7:20 for more evidence of a life changed by God.

There are not many things in this world that you count on with 100 percent certainty. But one thing I know is true, because Jesus said it in John 14:3, "And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also."

It doesn't get any better than that!
6/25/2004 12:00:00 AM by Phyllis Elvington | with 0 comments




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