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THE UNIMPEACHABLE WITNESS (17 of 20)
Things Worth Knowing
I John 5:6-13
I had a wonderful privilege a few weeks ago of
having dinner with Billy Graham, his wife, and his
son, Franklin and some others. In the course of our
time together he shared many of his experiences with
the presidents of our land. He told a story that I
have since read in his autobiography about his
experience with President Eisenhower. On an occasion
he was visiting President Eisenhower and Eisenhower
looked at him and said, "How can a person know he is
going to heaven?" Dr. Graham said that he began to
share with President Eisenhower the Gospel of the Lord
Jesus Christ and gave to him as simply and as plainly
as you would to a little boy what God says in His Word
about how a person can be saved and know they are
going to heaven when they die. (I'll tell you the rest
of the story later)
I wan to speak to you on the subject about how a
person can know that they are going to heaven when
they die and how they can know that they are really
saved. There are two basic ways a person can know
something. Over and over again, in I John, John uses
that word, know, almost 40 times. The question arises
when a person says I know - how do they really know?
How do we know anything? One way a person can know
something is the scientific method. You can go into a
laboratory and under a controlled atmosphere you can
conduct a variety of experiences. You can gather
data. You can verify some hypotheses and reach
certain conclusions. On the basis of this scientific
method you can say you know certain things because
they have been scientifically verified.
Another way you can know things are known is the
evidential method. This is the method that takes us
into the law court. In a court of law, on the basis
of evidence, you can say that you know something to be
true. There is physical evidence. There is ...
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