THE BIRTHMARKS OF THE BELIEVER
I John 5:l
June 9, l991
INTRODUCTION: The Bible describes it as a birth because it is
so real. I John was written as a book of assurance. D.L.
Moody, "I have never known a Christian that didn't have
assurance." If you can have it and not know it, you could lose
it and not miss it. "Know" - 39 times.
I. CELESTIAL JOY. I John l:34
Fullness of joy; not conditions, but Jesus.
John l5:ll, "These things have I spoken unto you, that
my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might
Hebrews l2:2, "Looking unto Jesus, the author and
finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of
Jesus had a supernatural joy in the midst of trouble.
II. CONTINUAL OBEDIENCE. I John 2:3-4
Not saved by keeping commandments, but it shows our
obedience. I John 3:23, "And this is his commandment,
that we should believe on the name of his Son, Jesus
Christ, and love one another, as he gave us
Disobedience leads to lack of assurance.
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