by Steve Wagers

What Do You Know?
Steve N. Wagers
I John 3:2, 5, 14

1. Of everything that we do know, there are some things that we do not know, and cannot know.
* We do not know the FUTURE
{C. p. Proverbs 27: 1}
Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
* We do not always know what God is doing
{C. p. Isaiah 55: 8}
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
* We do not know why Bad Things Happen to Good People.
{C. p. Habakkuk 1: 3}
"Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth."

2. Three times in 1 John 3, John reminds us of some things that we do know, can know and ought to know with absolute certainty.

1. The PERSON that ORIGINATES our Salvation!

A. Christ: The SACRIFICIAL One!

1. We are reminded that Christ is our great Passover Lamb. He gave His life for us. He became a man to die as a man to become the sacrifice for man.

2. All of the Old Testament sacrifices found their completion in the ultimate sacrifice, the Lord Jesus Christ.


1. John says that he was "manifested to take away OUR sins." The implication is that Christ died in our place. He was the substitute that died a death for another.

2. We should have been crucified; we should have suffered and died; but, the Lord Jesus Christ died in our place. He was not only our sacrifice, but He was our substitute.

C. Christ: The SINLESS One!

1. Not only was Christ our sacrifice, and our substitute; but, He was sinless. Someone has said:
"He was so much man that He was able not to sin; yet, so much God that He was not able to sin."

{C. p. 2 Corinthians 5: 21}
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who k ...

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