An Old Message Renewed (4 Of 20) by Jerry Vines

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AN OLD MESSAGE RENEWED (4 of 20)
Things Worth Knowing
Jerry Vines
I JOHN 2:3-11
1/26/97

There are several reasons the spirit of God has
given us this little book. One of the reasons is in
chapter 2:1 where he says, "Little children, I'm
writing these things so that you will not sin." God
has given us this Bible so we will understand how we
can confess our sin and claim the cleansing blood of
Jesus Christ and win over sin.

The primary reason, however, this book has been
given to us is that those of us who have been born
again, who are children of God might know that we have
been born again. I direct your attention to the 5th
chapter and 13th verses where it says, "These things
have I written unto you that believe on the name of
the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal
life." That's the main reason God gave us this book.
That we might have a know-so salvation.

The Bible does teach a know-so salvation. Not a
think-so, not a hope-so, not a maybe-so, but a know-so
salvation. In fact, John goes a little further and
says that it is a know-so salvation, not just a say-
so salvation.

Notice three times in the verses we read he uses
the little phrase, "he who says." In chapter one,
three times he uses the little phrase, "If we say."
John is big on practice versus profession. John would
agree with the words of the Lord Jesus when Jesus
said, "not everyone who says unto me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who
does the will of my father in heaven." Jesus said it
is not enough to say so; it has to be real. John says,
"Amen, Lord Jesus, it is not enough to just say you
are saved; it has to be real. You need to have a
know-so salvation.

A series of tests are given to us as we read
through the chapters of this book which help us to
know that we have this salvation. One of those tests
we are going to consider in this message. It is the
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