"WE KNOW"---BLESSED TRUTH
Jesse M. Hendley
I John 3:14, 18-21 and 4:6
I have here a letter, which I want to answer, from the
infallible Word of God. This dear lady writes that her
mother says, "No one can really know that he is
saved." Well, let's look at God's Word and see.
One of the books of the Bible deals with the words,
"We know." Turn to First John, the third chapter, and
verse 14. Can we KNOW that we are born again? Can we
know that we are saved? Can we know NOW, before we
die, that we will go to Heaven? Some people say, "No."
But their answer is not according to the Bible. God's
Word is very plain. I John 3:14. "We KNOW that we have
passed from death to life because we love the
brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in
death." That is a statement that tells us we CAN KNOW
that we are saved. We can know we are going to heaven.
To "pass from death unto life" is to be born again.
That is an expression for a "saved" person. Out of
death, into LIFE. Out of the state of death, into the
state of LIFE. Out of alienation from God, a state of
spiritual death, a state of sin, INTO FORGIVENESS,
MERCY, AND THE FAVOR OF GOD AND THE PROMISE OF HEAVEN.
Now we can know that we HAVE PASSED from death unto
life. That is PAST TENSE.
Thank God, I know I passed from death unto life
twenty-three years ago. When a person accepts the Lord
Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, he is born again,
and he has passed already from death to life. We can
know before we die, before Jesus comes, before we get
our new bodies, before we enter heaven, that we HAVE
THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE AS A POSSESSION. Now how can
we know we have it? Because we love the "brethren." We
love our fellow Christians.
I received a letter the other day from a woman who
said, "I want to be born again. I read my Bible and I
pray and love the Lord and I want to be born again.'
Well, I think she is already born again. I think that
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