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How To Really Know You're Saved (4 of 22)
Series: What's Real and What's Not (I John)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
I John 2:3-6
INTRO: SERIES: What's Real and What's Not!
(A) John ... the disciple who could say "Been there - done that"!
1- The ministry of Jesus ... the miracles of Jesus ... the cross ... the resurrection ... the birth of the church ... the spreading out of the church over the known world ... the writing of God's Word ... John was there!
2- The future ... the coming of the Antichrist ... the one world government ... the return of Jesus ... the millennium ... the great white throne judgment ... the New Jerusalem and heaven .. John was there. He'd been there and done that!
* Some 60 or more years after the crucifixion ...living in Ephesus as an old man ... John writes the final books of God's Word!
* Who is better qualified to tell us "What's Real and What's Not"!
* God uses John to write ... The Gospel of John: To tell us how to be saved ... The Epistle of I John: To tell us how to know we're saved!
(B) John ....The theme of I John ...
I John 5:13 "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 ..."
1- It is possible to be saved and know it ... also possible to be saved and doubt it.
2- Had it not been possible to be saved and doubt it --John never would have written I John ... Because he wrote it to give assurance of salvation to those who are saved and wonder whether or not they are saved.
3- So it is possible to be saved and doubt it!
4- How many of you who have surrendered control of your life to Jesus have, at least once, doubted your salvation? ... See, you can be saved and doubt it!
5- Is doubt good?.. No, it's bad!...But it is also a fact!
a- Explain - doubt is to your spirit what pain is to your body.
b- We'd rather not have pain - but there is a good side to pain.
c- If you feel pain ... at least you know y ...
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