BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS
I John 5:l8-2l
INTRO. Gnosticism said, "Jesus only appeared to be God, but
Christianity says, Jesus is God." It is because of "Who He Is"
that I can assimulate the truth of this text into my personal
life. Lots of people know "about" who He is, but don't know
Him. That is why many come for a while and then fall by the
wayside. They don't know Him.
ILLUSTRATE; "Three B Baptists: Blow in - blow up - blow out".
Some people use the church for three things: hatched - matched
- dispatched. However, if you know Him, John says you will love
unselfishly and that your conduct will be so transformed that
your life will not be patterned after this world.
NOTE WITH ME THAT BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS, I CAN KNOW -
I. THE TRUTH ABOUT SIN V.15
A. CHRISTIANS DO NOT PRACTICE SIN l8a.
"Know" - to have positive, absolute knowledge
"IS BORN OF GOD" - perfect tense, past completed act with
present results. John is emphasizing that the one born of
God has been give a new nature. In II Peter l:4 that God
has "given to us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the
world through lust."
"SINNETH" - present tense - continuous action. When
God gives His nature to His child, that nature cannot sin.
B. CHRIST DOES PROTECT HIS SAINTS. l8b
"He that is begotten" - aorist tense; speaks of the Son
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