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Three Tremendous Certainties (20 of 20)
Dr. Stan Coffey
I John 5:18-21
(Read I John 5:18-21)
Notice particularly I John 5:18. Three different times John says, "And we know." All through the book of I John, the Holy Spirit of God gives us things that we can know. You should not let the things you do not know cause you to overlook the things that you can know beyond any shadow of doubt. There are some things that you can absolutely know; you can be certain of them beyond any shadow of doubt. The Holy Spirit of God gave through the Apostle John these verses in order that you may know that you are a child of God. If you have any doubt about your salvation experience, that you're saved and on your way to heaven should you die, then you need to listen carefully and you need to read I John, because it is written to give us assurance of our salvation. John talks about three assurances that we can have. As he ends the book, he leaves us with the assurance of Christian power, with the assurance of Christian presence, and with the assurance of Christian perception.
I John 5:18 tells us about the assurance of Christian power, the power of God in the life of the believer. I want you to see first of all the power of God expressed. "We know that whosever is born of God sinneth not." If we take that verse exactly as it's given in the King James, not adding any amplification or study to it, then we are puzzled, because we know that every single one of us sin. We know that there are acts of sin in our life. We know that today already there are ways that we have failed God. We know that in the I John 1, he has already said that if a believer says that he does not have any sin, he is a liar, and the truth is not in him. Therefore, we know that God is not saying here that a believer never commits a single act of sin.
So we study and learn that the Greek construction is in the present tense. So the Bible is saying, "We know that whoev ...
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