[This message is part of a series through the book of 1 John, entitled “Salvific Assurance Through Testimony,” preached by Pastor Senter].
Last week we looked at a couple of rather difficult verses. We found that we are certainly not perfect, nor are we supposed to be judgmental ; but we are supposed to be on our guard. We are supposed to support our brothers and sisters above all. We are supposed to pray for them and help them through their difficult times. We found that if we witness someone committing a sin, and we know that they know the Savior, regardless of how it may “appear” we are to pray for them and ask God to grant them life in their situation. We found that the only sin that does not lead to “death” is the sin of a believer. We found that the only sin that results in “death” is the sin of denying Jesus the Christ, Jesus the Son of God. What we learned was that some people just need prayer in times of strife and struggle. This should not be a time where prayer for salvation is warranted; in fact, regardless of the situation, your soul is confident that is not what is required. Instead, we should support one another in prayer when our brothers and sisters are faced with these great difficulties and confrontations take place in life. There is nothing that says we should not be passionate in our defense of the faith, there is everything that should say we should be loving and determined in our response, especially where a brother or sister in Christ are concerned.
Please look at 1 John 5:18. Today we see John reviewing the basic premise of the epistle. We will support him in this summation by following exactly what he is saying through this epistle as he tells us what we should “know.” We also find here John’s final assault on Gnosticism in this epistle. He again pushes the issue that our spirit’s relationship with God is paramount.
Invincible – when you are young it seems to mature people that young people feel this way. However, as a young person, you really do not think you are indestructible, you simply do not think about the consequences of your actions. Honestly, if we considered “what if” for everything we ever attempted, we would probably just do nothing. What if they don’t like me? What if it is not true? What if I am not smart enough? What if I am rejected? What if it is too cold? What if…. Every “what if” question begs an answer. Every answer provides more fodder for “what if.” What we need to concentrate on then is what we know. What we need to consider is concrete facts. What we need to do is look at the things that are “set in stone” so to speak, and provide for us truth in living and life. This is what John opens with in his discussion here. Those living in the truth and being of God are protected from Satan. You might ask, What happened to Job then? I thought he was “a blameless and upright man” (Job 1:8). No one can claim to be as blameless as Job, and yet you know what happened to him. Satan certainly touched Job. In fact, you could easily say that Satan hit Job pretty hard. We will explore how Satan is kept from touching us. Continue reading