How Not to Backslide by Ron Dunn

How Not to Backslide
Ron Dunn
I John 1:24-29

INTRO: I John presents the fundamentals for living the victorious Christian life.

John has been dealing with the things that are to be excluded from the believer's life.. the love of the world, the spirit of antichrist..THE DANGERS FACING THE BELIEVER IN THE WORLD. An ever-present danger...

John pointing to the place of safety, the way to avoid all these things.. here are safeguards for times of crisis.

I. THE ABIDING OF THE SAINTS (v. 24)

"ABIDE" occurs 6 times in this passage...
"IN YOU" means to settle down, make a home. This is an index finger pointing to the nature of salvation.

1. You must know the nature of salvation before you can live in victory.. The Christian life must be lived in harmony with its' nature.

Many schemes of Christian living are contrary to the nature of the Christian life, therefore, they fail.

2. Salvation is an INWARD EXPERIENCE.. .A man's life is ruled from within. Jesus said that it is what comes out of a man that defiles and destroys him.

3. It is a PERMANENT EXPERIENCE..."Continually abide". It comes to stay, a vital part of you. To remain is the essential thing.

4. What is it that we are to let live within us? "THAT WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD FROM THE BEGINNING..."

THE WORD OF GOD, THE FACTS OF THE GOSPEL... THE WORD OF GOD IS TO LIVE WITHIN US CONTROLLING US, THE STANDARD OF OUR LIVING, THE CONT ...


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