Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.
1 John 5:1-13
Jesus Alone
July 12, 2015
First Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi
USA
What’s the number one thing?
http://memberfiles.freewebs.com/03/70/58197003/photos/Living-Water/glorycloud-1.JPG
The Glory of God!
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KFOtNWjTX5s/UdT_aGKSebI/AAAAAAAAAB0/ieKqL_IsJHg/s960/1031-wallpaper-slide-v2.gif
1 Corinthians 1...
July Memory Verse:
I John 1:7 NIV
But if we walk in the light, as He is
in the light, we have fellowship with
one another,...
RememberTo Pray For
The Committee On Committees
Kendall Smith, Chairman
Beth Aldridge, David Gibbs,
Sherye Green, Mike Low...
Men's Stories
EveryTuesday, 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM
All men are invited to a great lunch
and devotion
Hosted by HalWarren -
Fi...
Fellowship Hall East
11:15 a.m. - Lunch Line Begins
12:15 p.m. - Program Begins
12:50 p.m. - Dismiss
Regular Line: $7.50
S...
http://thehowellfamily.yolasite.com/resources/French%20Camp%20sign.jpg
French Camp Academy
http://kazyoung.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Challenge.jpg
We have three challenges that the
Education
Department has
pl...
http://rejoiceministries.org/images/hiding-gods-word-banner.jpg
1.) Memorize the monthly memory
verses and
know each
month...
January verse: Romans 10:9
February verse: Ephesians 2:8-9
March verse: Romans 3:23
April verse: I Peter 1:3
May verse: 2 ...
http://beavercreekchristian.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/becoming-a-disciple-maker.jpg
2.) Share your faith with one per...
http://www.tillhecomes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/God_At_Work.jpg
3). Ask Sunday School class members
to share how the...
Next Sunday
July 19, 2015
Revelation 1:1-8
Jesus’ Revelation
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.zItWRjuLhocuRefEJDWlSQ&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.ZniUPX7LQYyccRaPG2luhQ&w=270&h=179&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.1
Today’s passage:
1 John 5:1...
1 John 5:1-13 NKJV
1Whoever believes that Jesus is the
Christ is born of God, and everyone
who loves HimWho begot also lov...
(Every person who believes that Jesus
is, in fact, the Messiah, is
God-begotten. If we love the One
Who conceives the Chil...
2 By this we know that we love the
children of God, when we love God
and keep His commandments. 3 For
this is the love of ...
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.c9TkCyHabJnOtpgegvatkA&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
(The proof that we love God comes...
4 For whatever is born of God
overcomes the world. And this is the
victory that has overcome the world—
our faith. 5Who is...
(Every God-begotten person conquers
the world’s ways.The conquering
power that brings the world to its knees
is our faith....
6This is HeWho came by water and
blood—Jesus Christ; not only by
water, but by water and blood. And it
is the SpiritWho be...
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YQ9BY-NiOMQ/Tff34F-keyI/AAAAAAAAAtQ/orCpBOlV-o0/s1600/image_of_God_Bears_Witness.jpg
(He experie...
http://hopehelphealing.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/1John.5.7-8b-TheHolySpiritTestifiesToJesus.jpg
7 For there are three...
8 And there are three that bear witness on
earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood;
and these three agree as one.
(A t...
9 If we receive the witness of men, the
witness of God is greater (if we take
human testimony at face value, how
much more...
10 He who believes in the Son of God
has the witness in himself; he who
does not believe God (in effect calls
God a liar, ...
11 And this is the testimony: that God
has given us eternal life, and this life is
in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has
l...
13These things I have written to you who
believe in the name of the Son of God,
that you may know (not hope, but will
know...
http://calvarychapelsavinggrace.com/teachings/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/1_john_title.jpg
John wrote this epistle so that ...
It would be helpful at this point to
review the characteristics of God's
children:
•“Everyone also who practices
righteous...
•“No one who is born of God practices
sin.” (1 John 3:9, NASB)
•"We know that we have passed out of
death into life, becau...
•“Beloved, let us love one another, for love
is from God; and everyone who loves is
born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:...
http://lifeaftercaregiving.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/the-lord-is-my-rock.jpg
If you bear these "birthmarks," you
can say...
When Sir James Simpson, the discoverer of
chloroform, was on his deathbed, a friend asked
him, "Sir, what are your specula...
http://crosspointchurchonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/01-Drawing-Close-to-God-in-Your-Prosperity1-660x371.jpg
http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/gift_of_eternal_life.j
The Bible states in several places
(Romans 6:23b, Ephesians 2...
Romans 6:23 NKJV
23 For the wages of sin is death, but
the gift of God is eternal life in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV
8 For by grace you have been saved
through faith, and that not of
yourselves; it is the gift of God, ...
God will not take something back that
He has promised to give you, that He
has already given you.
Your eternal life has al...
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.whSH8QBEOL7N/XvaPsyCTA&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
It is a present possession, not m...
You have been saved (past tense) from the
penalty of sin – Justification.
You are being saved (present tense) from
the pow...
There will come a day in the future
when the eternal life believers already
possess will no longer be incarcerated
in thei...
On that glorious day, they will
experience their “adoption as sons,
the redemption of the body” (Romans
8:23; cf. Phil 3:2...
Then the glory of eternal life—the
power of theTrinity that works within
them (Ephesians 3:16-19)—will shine
through them ...
http://stpchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CharacterGodBTN.jpg
The reason that you can know that you
have eternal lif...
http://fbcrangely.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Eternal-life.jpg
Therefore, your eternal life is not dependent
on how wel...
In its most basic sense, eternal life is
living forever with God in Heaven
(Matthew 25:46; Mark 10:30).
The term does not ...
http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Inspirational-Images/large/John_17-3.jpg
Eternal life is to know Jesus Christ (John
17...
John 17:3 NKJV
3 And this is eternal life, that they may
knowYou, the only true God, and
Jesus ChristWhomYou have sent.
1 John 5:20 NKJV
20 And we know that the Son of God
has come and has given us an
understanding, that we may know
HimWho is...
http://markphilipfcagayat.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/how-to-have-eternal-life-1.png
The apostle assured them that if they...
That ye may know (ina eidhte) - to
know with settled intuitive knowledge.
• John wishes them to have eternal
life in Chris...
1 John 5:11-12 NKJV
11 And this is the testimony: that God
has given us eternal life, and this life is
in His Son. 12 He w...
The Essence of Our Faith
With this passage (5:11-12), the letter
proper comes to an end.
• What follows is in the nature o...
The word for eternal is aionios.
It means far more than simply lasting
forever.
• A life which lasted forever might well
b...
There is only one Person toWhom
aionios may properly be applied and
that is God.
In the real sense of the term it is God
a...
Eternal life is, therefore, nothing
other than the life of God Himself.
What we are promised is that here
and now there ca...
It may be pointed out, in fact, that the
assurance of one's salvation always
rests fundamentally and sufficiently
on the d...
In God there is peace and, therefore,
eternal life means serenity.
It means a life liberated from the fears
which haunt th...
It means a life filled with the power of
God and, therefore, victorious over
circumstance.
In God there is holiness and,
t...
Eternal life means a life clad with the
purity of God and armed against the
soiling infections of the world.
In God there ...
It means a life which has the love of
God in its heart and the undefeatable
love of man in all its feelings and in all
its...
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.Gyy0bAfUPvVkoeE9JFyn3A&w=306&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
It means a life which is indestru...
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H8dmKQG4X-s/UCyeplPfVuI/AAAAAAAAC-c/XwCUfbitswE/s1600/jesus+christ+is+the+only+way+to+heaven.jpg...
If eternal life is the life of God, it means
that we can possess that life only when we
know God and are enabled to approa...
The Son alone fully knows the Father
and, therefore, only He can fully reveal
to us what God is like.
• As John had it in ...
And Jesus Christ alone can bring us to
God.
It is in Him that there is open to us the
new and living way into the presence...
Hebrews 10:19-23The Message
19-21 So, friends, we can now—without
hesitation—walk right up to God, into
“the Holy Place.” ...
22-23 So let’s do it—full of belief,
confident that we’re presentable
inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip
on the promis...
Look at this simple analogy: If we wish
to meet someone whom we do not
know and who moves in a completely
different circle...
That is what Jesus does for us in
regard to God.
Eternal life is the life of God and we
can find that life only through Je...
Are you trusting Him in such a way
that no one on Earth or in Heaven can
shake your confidence in Him?
If you haven't come...
To be saved means you trust Christ, and it
means you have Christ as your Savior.
"He that hath the Son hath life."
He's ou...
The question is:
Whom do you believe?
Not what do you believe, butWhom do you
believe?
Do you believe God?
Do you believe ...
He says that if you have the Son, you have
life.
Do you believe that?
John didn't say if you feel like it or if you
have j...
http://www.christianfocus.com/images/items/9781906173180.jpg
It is not a matter of how much faith you
have or how you feel...
Having this assurance of eternal life
will do something for our Christian life
here and now – and for later!
(See 1Timothy...
1Timothy 4:7b-8 NKJV
7b exercise yourself toward godliness.
8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but
godliness is profi...
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.g3RRqtBziCR1vEKpGKqZtg&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
THE RESPONSETO
GOD'STESTIMONY
1 John 5:10 NKJV
1 John 5:10 NKJV
10 He who believes in the Son of God has
the witness in himself; he who does not
believe God (in effect c...
What people do with God's testimony
to Jesus Christ determines their
eternal destiny.
There are only two possible
response...
There are two questions that God will
ask everyone:
1) What did you do with My Son?
2) What did you do with what I gave
yo...
1) What did you do with My Son?
• Determines whether you get
into Heaven or not.
2) What did you do with what I gave
you?
...
No one can remain neutral, for as
Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is
against Me.” (Matthew 12:30a)
The one who believes in the Son of
God has the testimony in himself.
He who has the Son (abiding in him),
has eternal life!
Since true faith perseveres, those who
turn away from the Gospel reveal that
they were never saved in the first
place.
On ...
To deny that Jesus Christ isWho God
said He is, to refuse to believe in the
testimony that God has given
concerning His So...
http://manna4success.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/God-Cannot-Lie.jpg
God cannot lie: Numbers 23:19;
1 Samuel 15:29;Titus...
http://tkburk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Blasphemy.jpg
Blasphemy is the act of insulting or
showing contempt or lack o...
Etymology -The word "blasphemy"
comes from Greek words that mean
"utterance, talk, speech" and "injure".
• From blasphemar...
http://www.wordpandit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/calumny.jpg
It denotes also any kind of calumny, or
evil-speaking, or...
Christian theology condemns
blasphemy.
It is spoken of in Mark 3:29, where
blaspheming the Holy Spirit is spoken
of as unf...
Mark 3:29 NKJV
28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be
forgiven the sons of men, and whatever
blasphemies they may u...
The strong man (Matthew 12:22-30 ).
Jesus healed a demoniac who was both
blind and dumb (Matt. 12:22-24), and the
scribes ...
Mark 3:22-30 NKJV
A House Divided Cannot Stand
22 And the scribes who came down
from Jerusalem said, “He has
Beelzebub,” a...
23 So He called them to Himself and
said to them in parables: “How can
Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom
is divided ag...
26 And if Satan has risen up against
himself, and is divided, he cannot
stand, but has an end. 27 No one can
enter a stron...
The Unpardonable Sin
28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will
be forgiven the sons of men, and
whatever blasphemies they...
29 but he who blasphemes against the
Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but
is subject to eternal condemnation”—
30 becaus...
http://www.covlife.org/images/resources_poster/2013-11-Matthew-Parables-vs.jpg
In this passage, Mark introduced a new
word...
Jesus explained the kingdom, not by
giving a lecture on theology, but by
painting pictures that captured the
attention of ...
Our English word parable comes from
two Greek words that mean "to cast
alongside" (para—alongside; ballo—to
throw or cast)...
It is much more than "an earthly story
with a heavenly meaning," and it
certainly is not an "illustration" such
as a preac...
http://thewellcommunity.org/media/series/parables.jpg
A true parable gets the listener deeply
involved and compels that li...
So penetrating and personal are
parables that, after they heard several
of them, the religious leaders wanted
to kill the ...
A parable begins innocently as a
picture that arrests our attention and
arouses our interest.
But as we study the picture,...
If we continue to look by faith, the
mirror becomes a window through
which we see God and His truth.
How we respond to tha...
John 14:21 NKJV
21 He who has My commandments
and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.
And he who loves Me will be loved by
...
Why did Jesus teach in parables?
His disciples asked Him that very question
(Mark 4:10-12; and see Matthew 13:10-17).
• A ...
Matthew 13:10-13, 16-17 NKJV
The Purpose of Parables
10 And the disciples came and said to
Him, “Why doYou speak to them i...
11 He answered and said to them, “Because
it has been given to you to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but
to ...
13Therefore I speak to them in
parables, because seeing they do not
see, and hearing they do not hear, nor
do they underst...
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see,
and your ears for they hear; 17 for
assuredly, I say to you that many prophets
...
The crowd did not judge the parables; the parables
judged the crowd.
• The careless listener, who thought he knew
everythi...
Jesus placed a great deal of
importance on the hearing of theWord
of God.
In one form or another, the word hear
is used th...
Obviously, our Lord was speaking, not
about physical hearing, but about
hearing with spiritual discernment.
To "hear" theW...
http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.Vd64jUrCwnuTmQCgvvZt4w&w=301&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
Our Lord gave several parables to...
The answer lies in the nature of God
and in His patient dealings with the
nation of Israel.
God the Father sent John the B...
Many of the common people
responded to John's call and repented
(Matthew 21:32), but the religious
leaders permitted John ...
God the Son came as promised and
called the nation to trust Him, but
those same religious leaders asked for
Jesus to be ki...
The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and
demonstrated God's power in many
convicting ways.
How did those same religious leade...
By arresting the Apostles, ordering
them to keep silent, and then killing
Stephen themselves!
Stephen told them what their...
They had sinned against the Father
and the Son, but had been graciously
forgiven.
• When they sinned against the Holy
Spir...
When the Spirit of God convicts the
sinner and reveals the Saviour, the
sinner may resist the Spirit and reject
the witnes...
If he will repent and believe, God can
still forgive him.
Even if the sinner so hardens his heart
that he seems to be inse...
Only God knows if and when any
"deadline" has been crossed.
You and I must never despair of any
sinner (1Timothy 2:4; 2 Pe...
2 Peter 3:9 NKJV
9The Lord is not slack concerning His
promise, as some count slackness, but
is longsuffering toward us, n...
Jesus declared, All the sins and
blasphemies (derogatory words vs.
God) of men are open to God's
gracious forgiveness (1:4...
In light of the context this refers to an
attitude (not an isolated act or
utterance) of defiant hostility toward
God that...
http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/90/74/fc/9074fcbf75348c47b9363fa9550a29f8.jpg
It is one's preference for darkness e...
Such a persistent attitude of willful
unbelief can harden into a condition in
which repentance and forgiveness,
both media...
This person is guilty (enochos, "liable
to, in the grasp") of an eternal sin (the
ultimate sin because it remains
forever ...
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--DIWcbeeDVs/UgCHkc8a0vI/AAAAAAAAAqg/y6alMnlMMgs/s1600/Unforgivable+Sin.jpg
These scribes were cl...
Rejecting God's witness concerning
His Son is not a misfortune to be
pitied, or overlooked in the name of
tolerance.
It is...
Those guilty of it must not be
patronized, comforted, or reassured,
but confronted and called to
repentance.
This is no tr...
John closed this section by setting out
the eternal results of the only two
possible responses to God's witness to
Jesus C...
Here again the exclusivity of the
Gospel is evident, only those who
believe the Father's witness to the
Son and acknowledg...
The glorious promise to those who
believe God's testimony is that “as
many as received Jesus, to them He
gave the right to...
1 John 5:13 NKJV
13These things I have written to you who
believe in the name of the Son of God,
that you may know (not ho...
But the sobering warning to those
who reject it is, “How will you escape
if you neglect so great a salvation?”
(Hebrews 2:...
THE PURPOSE OF GOD'STESTIMONY
1 John 5:11 NASB
And the testimony is this, that God has
given us eternal life, and this lif...
The purpose of God's testimony
through the water, the blood, and the
Spirit is that sinners might receive
eternal life.
• ...
The essence of eternal life is the
believer's participation in the blessed
everlasting life of Christ (John 1:4)
through h...
Jesus defined it in His High Priestly
Prayer to the Father: “This is eternal
life, that they may knowYou, the only
true Go...
It is the life of the age to come
(Ephesians 2:6-7), which believers will
most fully experience in the perfect,
unending g...
The eternal life promised by God in
the OldTestament (2 Sam 12:23; Ps
16:8-10; 133:3; Dan 12:2) and sought
by the Jews of ...
The Gospel is exclusive; there are not
many ways to God, but only One.
In John 14:6 Jesus declared, “I am the
way, and the...
“And there is salvation in no one else,”
Peter added, “for there is no other
name under Heaven that has been
given among m...
1 John 5:12 NASB
He who has the Son has the life; he
who does not have the Son of God
does not have the life.
Christian Certainties (1 John 5:13-21)
Life in this fallen world is filled with
uncertainty, with few guarantees and
littl...
“Man, who is born of woman,” Job
lamented, “is short-lived and full of
turmoil” (Job 14:1), being “born for
trouble, as sp...
Illness, an accident, violence, or old
age catches up with everyone in the
end, because all people “are just a
vapor that ...
In the meantime, life's journey is
fraught with doubts, questions, and
uncertainties.
Jobs vanish as companies downsize
an...
The volatility of the stock market, the
fluctuations of the economy, and
increasing taxes create further
uncertainty.
Relationships come and go, with
people's faithfulness often lasting
only as long as their felt needs are
being met—or unti...
The uncertainty of relationships has
made prenuptial agreements
commonplace, as people attempt to
protect themselves again...
On a larger scale, natural disasters,
such as earthquakes, hurricanes,
tornadoes, fires, and floods, can
sweep away in an ...
Uncertainty over what the future
holds drives people to spend a
significant percentage of their income
on insurance, as th...
Car insurance provides a measure of
security in the event of an accident.
Uncertainty about fire, theft, and
natural disas...
Health insurance helps guard against
financial ruin in case of serious illness;
life insurance provides money should
the b...
But the most profound uncertainty
with the most disastrous results exists
not in the material realm, but in the
spiritual ...
Because they reject the gospel and
are without God, people are also
without hope (Eph 2:12), or
protection from divine wra...
Most people put their hope in false
religions or personal ideologies to get
them into a happy eternal state.
And it is pop...
What is not popular is the reality that
only the Bible is the trueWord of God,
the gospel the only way to heaven,
and all ...
The Bible reveals the truth about how
the universe began, and how it will end;
about why people behave the way they
do; ab...
about God's promises; and, most
significant, about the Lord Jesus Christ,
including His virgin birth, sinless life,
unpara...
Scripture is filled with absolute
certainties, including the reality that
sin has consequences (Num 32:23);
that the Bible...
that God alone is God (Deut 4:39; Isa
43:10; 45:6), can do all things (Job
42:2), will not act wickedly (Job
34:12), judge...
including humans (Ps 100:3), and is
good and merciful (Ps 23:6); that
Jesus Christ bore our griefs and
sorrows (Isa 53:4),...
was sent by the Father (John 17:8;25;
16:27, 30), has authority to forgive
sins (Matt 9:6), will not reject those
who come...
(Heb 6:19-20), and will return (Rev
22:20); that God's promise of
salvation is guaranteed (Rom 4:16);
that there will be a...
that sinners do not inherit the
kingdom of God (Eph 5:5); that the
Day of the Lord will come (1Thess
5:2); and that God wi...
John wrote this epistle to provide his
readers with certainty about all that
God has revealed concerning
salvation.
• The ...
John's concluding remarks are not a
collection of random thoughts,
however, but form a powerful climax
to all he has writt...
Those tests serve a polemic purpose;
they expose the phony believers and
the false teachers—the deceiving
antichrists.
But they also serve a pastoral
purpose, giving increasingly stronger
confidence and assurance to the
genuine believers.
As the epistle builds to a great, if familiar,
crescendo, John focuses on five things that
genuine Christians can be certa...
The final result, and the closing note
of the letter, is assurance.
You know things with a knowledge
that is unshakable, w...
What a declaration this is, in an age when
everybody is telling us that you cannot know
anything for sure, that nobody kno...
You have a continually growing certainty
that underlies your life.
As we read in John's closing note:
1 John 5:21
21 Littl...
Here is his final word and it is such an
important one.
One that I think ought to ring in our
ears every day:
Why?
Well, because the first and great
commandment is, Matthew 22:37:
"You shall love the Lord your God with
all your heart, an...
And idolatry is loving something else
as God.
What is an idol?
It is a substitute god.
Your God is what you get excited about.
What you save your money for.
What you spend it on.
That is your God.
What is impo...
Little children---you who have found
the true God---keep yourselves from
these secondary idols, these
substitute gods that...
Give yourself, alone, to the OneWho can
fulfill in you all your heart's desires.
It is a great command, isn't it?
The comm...
There are many idols that loom before us each
day---the god of pleasure, the god of
selfishness, the god - Narcissus - who...
We should ask the Lord to deliver us
from these gods, these false gods that
will rob us of our faith, of our love for
huma...
We should ask Him to make us fall more
truly in love with the Lord Jesus Who alone
is the only true God,Who has come to gi...
We are exposed to the same dangers
that they were in the first century and
so desperately need God’s power.
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 NKJV
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoeve...
Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a NKJV
23a For the wages of sin is ...
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable,
murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and
...
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in
that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Re...
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus
and believe in your heart that God has raised Him...
If you have questions or would like to know more,
Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at
601-949-1900 or
http://f...
07 July 12, 2015, 1 John 5;1-12, Jesus Alone
07 July 12, 2015, 1 John 5;1-12, Jesus Alone
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

07 July 12, 2015, 1 John 5;1-12, Jesus Alone

669 views

Published on

Sunday School Lesson

Published in: Spiritual
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

07 July 12, 2015, 1 John 5;1-12, Jesus Alone

  1. 1. 1 John 5:1-13 Jesus Alone July 12, 2015 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  2. 2. What’s the number one thing?
  3. 3. http://memberfiles.freewebs.com/03/70/58197003/photos/Living-Water/glorycloud-1.JPG The Glory of God!
  4. 4. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KFOtNWjTX5s/UdT_aGKSebI/AAAAAAAAAB0/ieKqL_IsJHg/s960/1031-wallpaper-slide-v2.gif 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  5. 5. July Memory Verse: I John 1:7 NIV But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.
  6. 6. RememberTo Pray For The Committee On Committees Kendall Smith, Chairman Beth Aldridge, David Gibbs, Sherye Green, Mike Lowe, Chris Maddux, Jim Merritt, Jr., Elizabeth Rich, EddyWaller
  7. 7. Men's Stories EveryTuesday, 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM All men are invited to a great lunch and devotion Hosted by HalWarren - First Baptist Jackson's Missions and Evangelism Pastor.
  8. 8. Fellowship Hall East 11:15 a.m. - Lunch Line Begins 12:15 p.m. - Program Begins 12:50 p.m. - Dismiss Regular Line: $7.50 Senior Adult: $6.00 Lite Line: $5.50
  9. 9. http://thehowellfamily.yolasite.com/resources/French%20Camp%20sign.jpg French Camp Academy
  10. 10. http://kazyoung.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Challenge.jpg We have three challenges that the Education Department has placed before us in 2015:
  11. 11. http://rejoiceministries.org/images/hiding-gods-word-banner.jpg 1.) Memorize the monthly memory verses and know each month we are hiding God’sWord in our heart.
  12. 12. January verse: Romans 10:9 February verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 March verse: Romans 3:23 April verse: I Peter 1:3 May verse: 2 Corinthians 9:7 June verse: Philippians 1:6
  13. 13. http://beavercreekchristian.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/becoming-a-disciple-maker.jpg 2.) Share your faith with one person each month and build a relationship with them, so they will not only become a disciple – but a disciple maker themselves. Luke 19:11-27
  14. 14. http://www.tillhecomes.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/God_At_Work.jpg 3). Ask Sunday School class members to share how they have seen God at work during the week.
  15. 15. Next Sunday July 19, 2015 Revelation 1:1-8 Jesus’ Revelation
  16. 16. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.zItWRjuLhocuRefEJDWlSQ&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
  17. 17. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.ZniUPX7LQYyccRaPG2luhQ&w=270&h=179&c=7&rs=1&qlt=90&o=4&pid=1.1 Today’s passage: 1 John 5:1-13 NKJV
  18. 18. 1 John 5:1-13 NKJV 1Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves HimWho begot also loves HimWho is begotten of Him.
  19. 19. (Every person who believes that Jesus is, in fact, the Messiah, is God-begotten. If we love the One Who conceives the Child, we’ll surely love the ChildWho was conceived.) MSG
  20. 20. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
  21. 21. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.c9TkCyHabJnOtpgegvatkA&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 (The proof that we love God comes when we keep His commandments and they are not at all troublesome.) MSG
  22. 22. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. 5Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
  23. 23. (Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways.The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith.The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.) MSG
  24. 24. 6This is HeWho came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the SpiritWho bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
  25. 25. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-YQ9BY-NiOMQ/Tff34F-keyI/AAAAAAAAAtQ/orCpBOlV-o0/s1600/image_of_God_Bears_Witness.jpg (He experienced a life-giving birth and a death-killing death. Not only birth from the womb, but baptismal birth of His ministry and sacrificial death.) MSG
  26. 26. http://hopehelphealing.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/1John.5.7-8b-TheHolySpiritTestifiesToJesus.jpg 7 For there are three that bear witness in Heaven: the Father, theWord, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are One.
  27. 27. 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. (A triple testimony: the Spirit, the Baptism, the Crucifixion - all the three in perfect agreement.) MSG
  28. 28. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater (if we take human testimony at face value, how much more should we be reassured when God gives testimony as He does here); for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.
  29. 29. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God (in effect calls God a liar, he blasphemes God) has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
  30. 30. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life (whoever rejects the Son, rejects life).
  31. 31. 13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know (not hope, but will know beyond the shadow of a doubt) that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:1-13 NKJV
  32. 32. http://calvarychapelsavinggrace.com/teachings/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/1_john_title.jpg John wrote this epistle so that we may be sure that we are the children of God (1 John 5:13).
  33. 33. It would be helpful at this point to review the characteristics of God's children: •“Everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.” (1 John 2:29, NASB)
  34. 34. •“No one who is born of God practices sin.” (1 John 3:9, NASB) •"We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren.” (1 John 3:14, NASB)
  35. 35. •“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7, NASB). •“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:4 NASB).
  36. 36. http://lifeaftercaregiving.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/the-lord-is-my-rock.jpg If you bear these "birthmarks," you can say with confidence that you are a child of God.
  37. 37. When Sir James Simpson, the discoverer of chloroform, was on his deathbed, a friend asked him, "Sir, what are your speculations?" Simpson replied: "Speculations! I have no speculations! 'For I knowWhom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.'" 2Tim 1:12
  38. 38. http://crosspointchurchonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/01-Drawing-Close-to-God-in-Your-Prosperity1-660x371.jpg
  39. 39. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/gift_of_eternal_life.j The Bible states in several places (Romans 6:23b, Ephesians 2:8-9) that eternal life is a gift from God.
  40. 40. Romans 6:23 NKJV 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  41. 41. Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
  42. 42. God will not take something back that He has promised to give you, that He has already given you. Your eternal life has already begun.
  43. 43. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.whSH8QBEOL7N/XvaPsyCTA&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 It is a present possession, not merely a future hope (John 3:36; 5:24; 6:47, 54; 10:28; 1 John 3:15), though it is not fully manifested in this life.
  44. 44. You have been saved (past tense) from the penalty of sin – Justification. You are being saved (present tense) from the power of sin – Sanctification. You will be saved (future tense) from the very presence of sin – Glorification.
  45. 45. There will come a day in the future when the eternal life believers already possess will no longer be incarcerated in their sinful, fallen flesh.
  46. 46. On that glorious day, they will experience their “adoption as sons, the redemption of the body” (Romans 8:23; cf. Phil 3:21; 1 John 3:2).
  47. 47. Then the glory of eternal life—the power of theTrinity that works within them (Ephesians 3:16-19)—will shine through them unclouded by their mortal bodies. (glorification)
  48. 48. http://stpchurch.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/CharacterGodBTN.jpg The reason that you can know that you have eternal life is because of the character of the One Who promised to give it to you.
  49. 49. http://fbcrangely.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Eternal-life.jpg Therefore, your eternal life is not dependent on how well you live the last two months of your life.
  50. 50. In its most basic sense, eternal life is living forever with God in Heaven (Matthew 25:46; Mark 10:30). The term does not refer primarily to duration of life, but to quality of life.
  51. 51. http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Inspirational-Images/large/John_17-3.jpg Eternal life is to know Jesus Christ (John 17:3),Who Himself is eternal life (1 John 5:20), and to share in His life.
  52. 52. John 17:3 NKJV 3 And this is eternal life, that they may knowYou, the only true God, and Jesus ChristWhomYou have sent.
  53. 53. 1 John 5:20 NKJV 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know HimWho is true; and we are in Him Who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
  54. 54. http://markphilipfcagayat.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/how-to-have-eternal-life-1.png The apostle assured them that if they passed the doctrinal and practical tests, they could know for certain that they had eternal life.
  55. 55. That ye may know (ina eidhte) - to know with settled intuitive knowledge. • John wishes them to have eternal life in Christ (John 20:31) and to know that they have it, but not with flippant superficiality (1 John 2:3).
  56. 56. 1 John 5:11-12 NKJV 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
  57. 57. The Essence of Our Faith With this passage (5:11-12), the letter proper comes to an end. • What follows is in the nature of a postscript and the end is a statement that the essence of the Christian life is eternal life.
  58. 58. The word for eternal is aionios. It means far more than simply lasting forever. • A life which lasted forever might well be a curse and not a blessing, an intolerable burden and not a shining gift.
  59. 59. There is only one Person toWhom aionios may properly be applied and that is God. In the real sense of the term it is God aloneWho possesses and inhabits eternity.
  60. 60. Eternal life is, therefore, nothing other than the life of God Himself. What we are promised is that here and now there can be given us a share in the very life of God.
  61. 61. It may be pointed out, in fact, that the assurance of one's salvation always rests fundamentally and sufficiently on the direct promises that God makes to that believer. • In other words, one's assurance rests on the testimony of God.
  62. 62. In God there is peace and, therefore, eternal life means serenity. It means a life liberated from the fears which haunt the human situation. • In God there is power and, therefore, eternal life means the defeat of frustration.
  63. 63. It means a life filled with the power of God and, therefore, victorious over circumstance. In God there is holiness and, therefore, eternal life means the defeat of sin.
  64. 64. Eternal life means a life clad with the purity of God and armed against the soiling infections of the world. In God there is love and, therefore, eternal life means the end of bitterness and hatred.
  65. 65. It means a life which has the love of God in its heart and the undefeatable love of man in all its feelings and in all its action. In God there is life and, therefore eternal life means the defeat of death.
  66. 66. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.Gyy0bAfUPvVkoeE9JFyn3A&w=306&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 It means a life which is indestructible because it has in it the indestructibility of God Himself.
  67. 67. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-H8dmKQG4X-s/UCyeplPfVuI/AAAAAAAAC-c/XwCUfbitswE/s1600/jesus+christ+is+the+only+way+to+heaven.jpg It is John's conviction that such a life comes through Jesus Christ and in no other way.
  68. 68. If eternal life is the life of God, it means that we can possess that life only when we know God and are enabled to approach Him and rest in Him. We can do these two things only in Jesus Christ.
  69. 69. The Son alone fully knows the Father and, therefore, only He can fully reveal to us what God is like. • As John had it in his Gospel: "No one has ever seen God; the only Son,Who is in the bosom of the Father, He has made Him known" (John 1:18).
  70. 70. And Jesus Christ alone can bring us to God. It is in Him that there is open to us the new and living way into the presence of God (Heb 10:19-23).
  71. 71. Hebrews 10:19-23The Message 19-21 So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of His sacrifice, acting as our Priest before God.The “curtain” into God’s presence is His body.
  72. 72. 22-23 So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps His word. Hebrews 10:19-23The Message
  73. 73. Look at this simple analogy: If we wish to meet someone whom we do not know and who moves in a completely different circle from our own, we can achieve that meeting only by finding someone who knows him and is willing to introduce us to him.
  74. 74. That is what Jesus does for us in regard to God. Eternal life is the life of God and we can find that life only through Jesus Christ.
  75. 75. Are you trusting Him in such a way that no one on Earth or in Heaven can shake your confidence in Him? If you haven't come to that point, you haven't come anywhere at all.
  76. 76. To be saved means you trust Christ, and it means you have Christ as your Savior. "He that hath the Son hath life." He's our lifeboat, He's our lifeline. He's our only hope & we are lost without Him, but if we have Him, we have life.
  77. 77. The question is: Whom do you believe? Not what do you believe, butWhom do you believe? Do you believe God? Do you believe the record that He gave?
  78. 78. He says that if you have the Son, you have life. Do you believe that? John didn't say if you feel like it or if you have joined something, but if you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  79. 79. http://www.christianfocus.com/images/items/9781906173180.jpg It is not a matter of how much faith you have or how you feel about it, it is whether or not you trust Christ. That's all important.
  80. 80. Having this assurance of eternal life will do something for our Christian life here and now – and for later! (See 1Timothy 4:8)
  81. 81. 1Timothy 4:7b-8 NKJV 7b exercise yourself toward godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
  82. 82. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.g3RRqtBziCR1vEKpGKqZtg&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0
  83. 83. THE RESPONSETO GOD'STESTIMONY 1 John 5:10 NKJV
  84. 84. 1 John 5:10 NKJV 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God (in effect calls God a liar, he blasphemes God) has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
  85. 85. What people do with God's testimony to Jesus Christ determines their eternal destiny. There are only two possible responses: to believe God's testimony, or to reject it.
  86. 86. There are two questions that God will ask everyone: 1) What did you do with My Son? 2) What did you do with what I gave you?
  87. 87. 1) What did you do with My Son? • Determines whether you get into Heaven or not. 2) What did you do with what I gave you? • Determines your rewards once you get into Heaven.
  88. 88. No one can remain neutral, for as Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me.” (Matthew 12:30a)
  89. 89. The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. He who has the Son (abiding in him), has eternal life!
  90. 90. Since true faith perseveres, those who turn away from the Gospel reveal that they were never saved in the first place. On the other hand, the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar.
  91. 91. To deny that Jesus Christ isWho God said He is, to refuse to believe in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son, renders God a liar—which is the severest of all blasphemies since God is perfect truth and cannot lie.
  92. 92. http://manna4success.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/God-Cannot-Lie.jpg God cannot lie: Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29;Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18.
  93. 93. http://tkburk.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Blasphemy.jpg Blasphemy is the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God.
  94. 94. Etymology -The word "blasphemy" comes from Greek words that mean "utterance, talk, speech" and "injure". • From blasphemare also came Old French blasmer, from which the English word, "blame", came.
  95. 95. http://www.wordpandit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/calumny.jpg It denotes also any kind of calumny, or evil-speaking, or abuse (1 Kings 21:10; Acts 13:45; 18:6).
  96. 96. Christian theology condemns blasphemy. It is spoken of in Mark 3:29, where blaspheming the Holy Spirit is spoken of as unforgivable—the eternal sin.
  97. 97. Mark 3:29 NKJV 28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”—
  98. 98. The strong man (Matthew 12:22-30 ). Jesus healed a demoniac who was both blind and dumb (Matt. 12:22-24), and the scribes and Pharisees used this miracle as an opportunity to attack Him. (Also in Mark 3:22-30)
  99. 99. Mark 3:22-30 NKJV A House Divided Cannot Stand 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.”
  100. 100. 23 So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
  101. 101. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. 27 No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
  102. 102. The Unpardonable Sin 28 “Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;
  103. 103. 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation”— 30 because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.” Mark 3:22-30 NKJV
  104. 104. http://www.covlife.org/images/resources_poster/2013-11-Matthew-Parables-vs.jpg In this passage, Mark introduced a new word -parables -(Mark 3:23; 4:2, 10-11, 13, 33-34).
  105. 105. Jesus explained the kingdom, not by giving a lecture on theology, but by painting pictures that captured the attention of the people and forced them to use their imaginations and think.
  106. 106. Our English word parable comes from two Greek words that mean "to cast alongside" (para—alongside; ballo—to throw or cast). • A parable is a story or figure placed alongside a teaching to help us understand its meaning.
  107. 107. It is much more than "an earthly story with a heavenly meaning," and it certainly is not an "illustration" such as a preacher would use in a sermon.
  108. 108. http://thewellcommunity.org/media/series/parables.jpg A true parable gets the listener deeply involved and compels that listener to make a personal decision about God's truth and his or her life.
  109. 109. So penetrating and personal are parables that, after they heard several of them, the religious leaders wanted to kill the Lord Jesus! (see Matt. 21:45- 46)
  110. 110. A parable begins innocently as a picture that arrests our attention and arouses our interest. But as we study the picture, it becomes a mirror in which we suddenly see ourselves.
  111. 111. If we continue to look by faith, the mirror becomes a window through which we see God and His truth. How we respond to that truth will determine what further truth God will teach us. (see John 14:21)
  112. 112. John 14:21 NKJV 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
  113. 113. Why did Jesus teach in parables? His disciples asked Him that very question (Mark 4:10-12; and see Matthew 13:10-17). • A careful study of His reply reveals that Jesus used parables both to hide the truth and to reveal it.
  114. 114. Matthew 13:10-13, 16-17 NKJV The Purpose of Parables 10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why doYou speak to them in parables?”
  115. 115. 11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
  116. 116. 13Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
  117. 117. 16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. Matthew 13:10-13, 16-17 NKJV
  118. 118. The crowd did not judge the parables; the parables judged the crowd. • The careless listener, who thought he knew everything, would hear only a story that he did not really understand; and the result in his life would be judgment (Matt. 11:25-30). • The sincere listener, with a desire to know God's truth, would ponder the parable, confess his ignorance, submit to the Lord, and then begin to understand the spiritual lesson Jesus wanted to teach.
  119. 119. Jesus placed a great deal of importance on the hearing of theWord of God. In one form or another, the word hear is used thirteen times in Mark 4:1-34.
  120. 120. Obviously, our Lord was speaking, not about physical hearing, but about hearing with spiritual discernment. To "hear" theWord of God means to understand it and obey it (see James 1:22-25).
  121. 121. http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=JN.Vd64jUrCwnuTmQCgvvZt4w&w=301&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 Our Lord gave several parables to help the people (and that included His disciples) understand the nature of His kingdom.
  122. 122. The answer lies in the nature of God and in His patient dealings with the nation of Israel. God the Father sent John the Baptist to prepare the nation for the coming of their Messiah.
  123. 123. Many of the common people responded to John's call and repented (Matthew 21:32), but the religious leaders permitted John to be arrested and eventually killed.
  124. 124. God the Son came as promised and called the nation to trust Him, but those same religious leaders asked for Jesus to be killed. • On the cross, our Lord prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34).
  125. 125. The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and demonstrated God's power in many convicting ways. How did those same religious leaders respond?
  126. 126. By arresting the Apostles, ordering them to keep silent, and then killing Stephen themselves! Stephen told them what their sin was: "Ye do always resist the Holy Ghost" (Acts 7:51).
  127. 127. They had sinned against the Father and the Son, but had been graciously forgiven. • When they sinned against the Holy Spirit, they had reached "the end of the line" and there could be no more forgiveness.
  128. 128. When the Spirit of God convicts the sinner and reveals the Saviour, the sinner may resist the Spirit and reject the witness of theWord of God, but that does not mean he has forfeited all his opportunities to be saved.
  129. 129. If he will repent and believe, God can still forgive him. Even if the sinner so hardens his heart that he seems to be insensitive to the pleadings of God, so long as there is life, there is hope.
  130. 130. Only God knows if and when any "deadline" has been crossed. You and I must never despair of any sinner (1Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9).
  131. 131. 2 Peter 3:9 NKJV 9The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
  132. 132. Jesus declared, All the sins and blasphemies (derogatory words vs. God) of men are open to God's gracious forgiveness (1:4) with one exception - blasphemies against the Holy Spirit.
  133. 133. In light of the context this refers to an attitude (not an isolated act or utterance) of defiant hostility toward God that rejects His saving power toward man, expressed in the Spirit- empowered person and work of Jesus.
  134. 134. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/90/74/fc/9074fcbf75348c47b9363fa9550a29f8.jpg It is one's preference for darkness even though he has been exposed to light (John 3:19).
  135. 135. Such a persistent attitude of willful unbelief can harden into a condition in which repentance and forgiveness, both mediated by God's Spirit, become impossible.
  136. 136. This person is guilty (enochos, "liable to, in the grasp") of an eternal sin (the ultimate sin because it remains forever unforgiven; Matthew 12:32). Judas Iscariot (cf. Mark 3:29; 14:43-46) proved the reality of these words.
  137. 137. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--DIWcbeeDVs/UgCHkc8a0vI/AAAAAAAAAqg/y6alMnlMMgs/s1600/Unforgivable+Sin.jpg These scribes were close to calling the Holy Spirit "Satan."
  138. 138. Rejecting God's witness concerning His Son is not a misfortune to be pitied, or overlooked in the name of tolerance. It is a heinous, damning sin and an affront to God's holy nature.
  139. 139. Those guilty of it must not be patronized, comforted, or reassured, but confronted and called to repentance. This is no trivial issue; the integrity of God is at stake.
  140. 140. John closed this section by setting out the eternal results of the only two possible responses to God's witness to Jesus Christ: He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
  141. 141. Here again the exclusivity of the Gospel is evident, only those who believe the Father's witness to the Son and acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior have eternal life; all who refuse to do so do not have the Son, and so do not have eternal life.
  142. 142. The glorious promise to those who believe God's testimony is that “as many as received Jesus, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
  143. 143. 1 John 5:13 NKJV 13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know (not hope, but will know beyond the shadow of a doubt) that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
  144. 144. But the sobering warning to those who reject it is, “How will you escape if you neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).
  145. 145. THE PURPOSE OF GOD'STESTIMONY 1 John 5:11 NASB And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
  146. 146. The purpose of God's testimony through the water, the blood, and the Spirit is that sinners might receive eternal life. • Eternal life involves far more than merely living forever in a chronological sense.
  147. 147. The essence of eternal life is the believer's participation in the blessed everlasting life of Christ (John 1:4) through his or her union with Him (Rom 5:21; 6:4, 11, 23; 1 Cor 15:22; 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 2:20; Col 3:3-4; 2Tim 1:1,10; Jude 21).
  148. 148. Jesus defined it in His High Priestly Prayer to the Father: “This is eternal life, that they may knowYou, the only true God, and Jesus ChristWhomYou have sent” (John 17:3).
  149. 149. It is the life of the age to come (Ephesians 2:6-7), which believers will most fully experience in the perfect, unending glory, holiness, and joy of Heaven (Rom 8:19-23, 29; 1 Cor 5:49; Phil 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2).
  150. 150. The eternal life promised by God in the OldTestament (2 Sam 12:23; Ps 16:8-10; 133:3; Dan 12:2) and sought by the Jews of Jesus' day (Luke 10:25; John 5:39) comes only to those who believe God's testimony and place their faith in His Son.
  151. 151. The Gospel is exclusive; there are not many ways to God, but only One. In John 14:6 Jesus declared, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
  152. 152. “And there is salvation in no one else,” Peter added, “for there is no other name under Heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12; cf. John 6:68; 17:2; Rom 6:23; 1Tim 1:16; Jude 21).
  153. 153. 1 John 5:12 NASB He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.
  154. 154. Christian Certainties (1 John 5:13-21) Life in this fallen world is filled with uncertainty, with few guarantees and little that can be depended on.
  155. 155. “Man, who is born of woman,” Job lamented, “is short-lived and full of turmoil” (Job 14:1), being “born for trouble, as sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).
  156. 156. Illness, an accident, violence, or old age catches up with everyone in the end, because all people “are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14; cf. Ps 39:5; 90:10).
  157. 157. In the meantime, life's journey is fraught with doubts, questions, and uncertainties. Jobs vanish as companies downsize and outsource.
  158. 158. The volatility of the stock market, the fluctuations of the economy, and increasing taxes create further uncertainty.
  159. 159. Relationships come and go, with people's faithfulness often lasting only as long as their felt needs are being met—or until they find someone more attractive.
  160. 160. The uncertainty of relationships has made prenuptial agreements commonplace, as people attempt to protect themselves against being exploited by their erstwhile partners.
  161. 161. On a larger scale, natural disasters, such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and floods, can sweep away in an instant the accumulated treasures of a lifetime.
  162. 162. Uncertainty over what the future holds drives people to spend a significant percentage of their income on insurance, as they attempt to safeguard against all of the potential negative contingencies.
  163. 163. Car insurance provides a measure of security in the event of an accident. Uncertainty about fire, theft, and natural disasters leads people to buy coverage to protect their homes.
  164. 164. Health insurance helps guard against financial ruin in case of serious illness; life insurance provides money should the breadwinner in a family die.
  165. 165. But the most profound uncertainty with the most disastrous results exists not in the material realm, but in the spiritual and eternal realm.
  166. 166. Because they reject the gospel and are without God, people are also without hope (Eph 2:12), or protection from divine wrath and eternal hell.
  167. 167. Most people put their hope in false religions or personal ideologies to get them into a happy eternal state. And it is popularly believed that all religions lead to heaven and most people are good, thus they are headed there.
  168. 168. What is not popular is the reality that only the Bible is the trueWord of God, the gospel the only way to heaven, and all who do not believe it go to hell forever.
  169. 169. The Bible reveals the truth about how the universe began, and how it will end; about why people behave the way they do; about what is right and what is wrong; about heaven and hell, and how people get to those places; about what makes for good human relationships;
  170. 170. about God's promises; and, most significant, about the Lord Jesus Christ, including His virgin birth, sinless life, unparalleled teaching, substitutionary death, literal resurrection, bodily ascension, and second coming.
  171. 171. Scripture is filled with absolute certainties, including the reality that sin has consequences (Num 32:23); that the Bible is true (Ps 19:7; 111:7; Luke 1:4; 2 Peter 1:19); that righteousness brings a reward (Prov 11:18);
  172. 172. that God alone is God (Deut 4:39; Isa 43:10; 45:6), can do all things (Job 42:2), will not act wickedly (Job 34:12), judges according to truth (Rev 16:7; 19:2; cf. Ps 119:75), is faithful (Deut 7:9), punishes sin (Rom 2:2), created everything (Isa 48:13)—
  173. 173. including humans (Ps 100:3), and is good and merciful (Ps 23:6); that Jesus Christ bore our griefs and sorrows (Isa 53:4), is the Messiah, the Holy One of God (John 6:69; cf. Matt 14:33; Acts 2:36), knows all things (John 16:30; 21:17),
  174. 174. was sent by the Father (John 17:8;25; 16:27, 30), has authority to forgive sins (Matt 9:6), will not reject those who come to Him (John 6:37), knows those who are His (John 10:14; cf. 2 Tim 2:19), has entered into God's presence on believers' behalf
  175. 175. (Heb 6:19-20), and will return (Rev 22:20); that God's promise of salvation is guaranteed (Rom 4:16); that there will be a resurrection (Job 19:25-27); that God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him (Rom 8:28);
  176. 176. that sinners do not inherit the kingdom of God (Eph 5:5); that the Day of the Lord will come (1Thess 5:2); and that God will help and support His people (Isa 41:10; 2Tim 1:12).
  177. 177. John wrote this epistle to provide his readers with certainty about all that God has revealed concerning salvation. • The formal argument of the letter ended in 5:12, and verses 13-21 are its postscript.
  178. 178. John's concluding remarks are not a collection of random thoughts, however, but form a powerful climax to all he has written. • Throughout the letter, John has recycled tests to identify who is a true Christian.
  179. 179. Those tests serve a polemic purpose; they expose the phony believers and the false teachers—the deceiving antichrists.
  180. 180. But they also serve a pastoral purpose, giving increasingly stronger confidence and assurance to the genuine believers.
  181. 181. As the epistle builds to a great, if familiar, crescendo, John focuses on five things that genuine Christians can be certain of: 1) eternal life, 2) answered prayer, 3) victory over sin, 4) that they belong to God, and 5) Christ's deity.
  182. 182. The final result, and the closing note of the letter, is assurance. You know things with a knowledge that is unshakable, which nobody can shatter, and no rational arguments will disturb.
  183. 183. What a declaration this is, in an age when everybody is telling us that you cannot know anything for sure, that nobody knows anything for certain. John says that we do. We know. We have been given an understanding.
  184. 184. You have a continually growing certainty that underlies your life. As we read in John's closing note: 1 John 5:21 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
  185. 185. Here is his final word and it is such an important one. One that I think ought to ring in our ears every day: Why?
  186. 186. Well, because the first and great commandment is, Matthew 22:37: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." That is the chief end of man.
  187. 187. And idolatry is loving something else as God. What is an idol? It is a substitute god.
  188. 188. Your God is what you get excited about. What you save your money for. What you spend it on. That is your God. What is important to you, that is your God.
  189. 189. Little children---you who have found the true God---keep yourselves from these secondary idols, these substitute gods that demand your attention.
  190. 190. Give yourself, alone, to the OneWho can fulfill in you all your heart's desires. It is a great command, isn't it? The command that will lead us safely through all the difficulties along our path.
  191. 191. There are many idols that loom before us each day---the god of pleasure, the god of selfishness, the god - Narcissus - who makes us love ourselves, admire ourselves, look to ourselves; the god of love, -Venus - how we follow her and exalt her when we should not; the god, Bacchus, who makes us revel in pleasure as if that were the chief end in life, as if fun were the reason for living.
  192. 192. We should ask the Lord to deliver us from these gods, these false gods that will rob us of our faith, of our love for humanity.
  193. 193. We should ask Him to make us fall more truly in love with the Lord Jesus Who alone is the only true God,Who has come to give us an understanding of ourselves and the world around us, and has come to teach us righteousness and how to love with a heart that is self-giving instead of self- serving.
  194. 194. We are exposed to the same dangers that they were in the first century and so desperately need God’s power.
  195. 195. The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 NKJV 16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 14:6 NKJV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
  196. 196. Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23a For the wages of sin is death, • Death in this life (the first death) is 100%. • Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins. • The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  197. 197. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Romans 6:23b NKJV 23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  198. 198. Romans 5:8 NKJV 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” •Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior.
  199. 199. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
  200. 200. If you have questions or would like to know more, Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

×