PROOF SIX – I JOHN 2:24-27

God loves us so much that He provides the power within us to live a life that is pleasing to Him.  That being true, a question at this time would be appropriate.  “Do you want to live a life that pleases God?”  God has given the Christian the means to do so.  How?  By the power of Christ who dwells in you and the control/power of the Holy Spirit who also dwells within you.

Isn’t it wonderful that God will meet you in your life, right where you are?  You are His unique creation.  That being true you can live by His power, which will work in you and lead you into the good works that He has ordained for you.  (see Ephesians 6:10; Philippians 2:12-13)

“HE has DELIVERED us from the power of darkness [Satan’s control] and conveyed us into the KINGDOM of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through HIS BLOOD, the FORGIVENESS OF SINS.  He is the IMAGE of the invisible God, the firstborn over ALL creation.  For BY HIM all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.  ALL things were CREATED through Him and for Him.  And He is before ALL things and in Him ALL things CONSIST.”  (Colossians 1:13-17, emphasis added, NKJV)

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  (Philippians 2:13, emphasis added, NASB)

“Finally, my brethren, be STRONG in the Lord and in the POWER of His MIGHT.”  (Ephesians 6:10, emphasis added, NKJV)

“But you shall receive POWER when the Holy Spirit has come upon YOU; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8; cf. Matthew 28:18-20, NKJV)

THEME:  Today our theme is letting the Gospel Abide in You—Proof 6 of 7 that you know God.

Need:  Review the sermon on I John 2:3-6 for introductory discussion.  God loves us so much that He has placed these seven tests of  our salvation in His Word so that we may have confidence that we are going to heaven.

OUTLINE:

I.  The test:  Does  the gospel abide in you?

a.  It is the old unchangeable message.

b.  The evidence:  You are continuing in the Son.

II.  The Promise Eternal Life

III.  The Warning:  Some seduce us away from Christ.

IV.  The Provision of God to protect us – The Holy Spirit.

a.  He is athe anointing and He abides in us.

b.  He teaches us the truth.

c.  He seals us, assures us that we do abide in Christ.

Today we are looking at TEST SIX which proves whether or not we actually know God.  The question being posed is “Does the gospel (Eternal Life) abide in us?”

Verse 2:24 – The Gospel – Word of God – Truth – Living the Truth of God’s Word

“Therefore let that abide in you which you HEARD (The Gospel) from the beginning.  If what you heard from the beginning ABIDES in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.”  (I John 2:24, emphasis added, NKJV)

FACT:  How we live shows quicker than anything else whether or not we know God.  If we accepted the truth of God’s Word concerning God’s “Free Gift of Eternal Life” and are living it out in our lives, then we definitely know God and are enroute to Heaven.

CAUTION:  The converse is also true.  If God’s Word is not truly within us, if we are not living out God’s Word then we do not know God.

FACT:  Regardless of what we may feel or profess, regardless of what we or others may think, if we are not living out God’s will and commands, we do not know God.  The true believer lives out God’s will for their lives and carries out His commands.  For instance, Jesus said:

“If you love me keep my commandments”  (John 14:15, NKJV)

Verse 24 – John said:  “Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning [the Gospel].  If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also WILL abide in the son and in the Father.”  (I John 2:24, emphasis added, NKJV)

The Gospel lives within every true believer and he lives out the Gospel:

  1. The test:  does the gospel abide in you?  (v. 24)
  2. The promise of God is eternal life since God cannot lie, the promise is true.  (v. 25)
  3. The warning of God is that some will attempt to deceive the believer and seduce them away from Christ.  (v. 26)
  4. The Provision of God to protect us in the Holy Spirit.  (v. 27)

Verse 25:  What the true believer has heard from the beginning is the Gospel, the Good News of Salvation.  Review verse 22-23, remember that the False Teachers were denying that Jesus Christ is the Son of God thereby denying the Gospel.

Therefore, “that which you have heard from the beginning” is the message of the Gospel:

  • The Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • The Gospel of the Truth, of the Word of God (v. 21)
  • The Gospel of the Apostolic Message (cp. I Corinthians 15:1-4)
  • The Gospel of Salvation (cp. Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7)

So let’s review the evidence that we are saved?

  • The Gospel continues in you.
    • Since you are truly saved, you continue in the Son and in the Father.

The word “remain” (meneto) means to abide, dwell, remain.  It means not to be carried away by false teaching or worldly pleasures and possessions.  Instead of being deceived and carried away by false teaching the true believer continues to live their lives in accordance with God’s Word.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; ABIDE in My love.”  (John 15:9, emphasis added, NKJV)

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  (Galatians 2:20, emphasis added, NKJV)

One of the keys to living an effective life for Christ is that we live “by Faith.”

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  (Hebrews 11:6, emphasis added, NKJV)

  • To please God one must have faith.
  • A person must “come” to God, not the other way around.
  • A person who truly comes to God  must believe that He is.
  • A person who truly comes to God must believe that He will be rewarded with eternal life.
  • A person who truly comes to God must “diligently seek Him.”

Let’s consider faith for a minute and connect the dots to I John 2:24-25.

For a person to be saved, he must have faith that God is real.  He must through faith approach God.  So, it is important to understand what faith means.  The Biblical definition of faith is only given to us in Hebrews 11.  Here are some Biblical teachers who have helped us a little to understand faith:

“Now faith is the ASSURANCE of things hoped for, the conviction of  things not seen.”  (v. 1, New American Standard)

“Now faith is the assurance of things we hope for, the proof of the reality of the things we cannot see.”  (v. 1, Williams)

“Faith is being sure of things we hope for, being convinced of the things we can’t see.”  (v. 1, Beck)

“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality—faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.”  (v. 1, Amplified New Testament)

Matthew Henry:

“Faith and hope go together; and the same things that are the object of our hope are the object of our faith.”

“it [faith] is a firm persuasion and expectation that God will perform all that He has promised to us in Christ; and this persuasion is so strong that it gives the soul…possession…of those things.”

“Believers in the exercise of faith are filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory.  Christ dwells in the soul by faith; and the soul is filled with the fulness of God.”

So in your own mind what is faith?  Perhaps it is still not clear so let’s pursue this a little farther:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV)

The word “substance” (hypostasis) means the foundation, assurance, title-deed, and guarantee of things hoped for.  The word “evidence” (elegchos) means conviction.

According to most commentators, this is what is meant by those two Greek words.  Therefore, faith would be defined as:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Notice closely and note that faith is being described as an act of the mind and heart.  That is, our heart and mind believe something and we have assurance and conviction that it is true.

The point is this:  holding the title-deed is saying that the person who holds the title-deed to property actually POSSESSES the property.  It is his already.  From God’s perspective, this is true, we already possess His promises; He has already seated us in the heavenlies, and we already possess eternal life.  (Ephesians 2:6)  Why?  Because we have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  After salvation God expects the believer to live by FAITH.  So what is faith?

  • Faith is the substance, the actual possession of things hoped for, the evidence and reality of things not seen.
  • Faith is both an act and a possession of things believed.
  • It is believing and trusting in that which actually exists.
  • We may not be able to see it, but it is real and existing, and  we can possess the very substance of it by believing and having faith in it.
  • We can possess it now—we cannot see it, but we can actually possess the very substance of it by believing and entrusting our lives to it.
  • Faith is trusting and possessing all that God is and says.
  • Faith is believing and possessing all that God is and says.
  • Faith is having confidence in and possessing all that God is and says.
  • Faith is hoping for something and possessing it because God is (exists) and has promised it and God is truth cannot lie.

NOTE:  Biblical faith does not deal with what is unreal, imaginary, fanciful, visionary, superficial or deceptive.  Biblical faith is the knowledge, experience and possession of things hoped for.  True Biblical faith deals only with truth and reality.  It is…

  • Knowing what is real.
  • Experiencing what is real.
  • Possessing what is real.

Hebrews 11:2 – Faith has a reward:

So what is the reward of  faith?

  • God’s approval and His “Free Gift of Eternal Life”.
  • God is pleased, very pleased when we believe Him and His promises.

This is the point of this verse.

  • The elders, great men of God who lived in the past, believed God and followed God.
  • They turned away from the world and its possessions and pleasures and followed God.
  • They believed God, that He had much more to offer and that His promises of  an eternal land and of eternal life were true.
  • Therefore they staked their lives, all they were and had, upon that hope.
  • Therefore, God accepted their faith and has honored them because of it.
  • God has taken them home to be with Him.
  • The  reward of faith is God’s approval.
  • When God approves of us, He accepts us into His eternal presence.
  • This means that God looks after and cares for us, giving us victory over all the enemies of this world, including death, and He does it for ALL eternity.

“That whoever believes in Him SHOULD NOT PERISH but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world [you] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him [you] should not perish but have everlasting life.”  [you if you trust Jesus for your salvation]  (John 3:15-16, emphasis added, NKJV)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who HEARS My word and BELIEVES in Him who sent me HAS everlasting life and SHALL NOT come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”  (John 5:24, emphasis added, NKJV)

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”  (Romans 1:8, emphasis added, KJV)

“to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us ACCEPTED in the Beloved.  In Him we have REDEMPTION through HIS BLOOD, the FORGIVENESS of sins, ACCORDING to the riches of His grace.”  (Ephesians 1:6-7, emphasis added, NKJV)

“As you therefore have RECEIVED Christ Jesus the Lord, SO WALK in Him.”  (Colossians 2:6, emphasis added, NKJV)

The point is as you are saved, live under the power of the Holy  Spirit and as He teaches you to walk [live] in that truth.  (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16)

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”  (I Peter 1:13, NKJV)

The point is that the believer is to control his mind, looking forward to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His church.  By focusing on the future with Christ, in heaven, the believer will not be subject to deception by  Satanic forces.  (Colossians 3:1-4)

“He who SAYS he abides in Him ought himself also TO WALK just as He walked.”  (I John 2:6, emphasis added, NKJV)

The true believer has the responsibility to study the Bible and walk or live as Jesus did while He was on earth.

“Whosoever abideth in him [is truly saved] sinned not [does not continually sin]:  whosoever sinneth [continues to sin] hath not seen him, neither known him.”  (I John 3:6, emphasis added, KJV)

Whosoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God [is not saved].  He who abides in the doctrine of Christ [is saved] has both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 9, emphasis added, NKJV)

“Behold, I come quickly:  hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.”  (Revelation 3:11, KJV)

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:  if any man  hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”  (Revelation 3:20, KJV)

Christ counsels the unsaved to open their hearts and let Him in.  This symbolizes Christ’s readiness to enter the life of a person and give them God’s free gift of eternal life.

I John 2:25 –  The Promise of God, is Eternal Life for those who want it.  “And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.”  (I John 2:25, emphasis added, NKJV)

Verves 26-27 – False Teachers and the Holy Spirit

Verse 26 – “concerning those who try to deceive you.”  For the subject of False Teachers, I would refer you to the previous sermons verses 18-23 for an extensive study on this subject.

Verse 27 – The Holy Spirit – I would also refer you to previous sermons in this series.

Briefly the Holy Spirit is the provision of God to protect us, persevere us until redeemed, teach us, direct our attention to the Lord Jesus Christ and to provide specific power to witness, etc.  (Acts 1:8)

  1. The Holy Spirit is the anointing.  It is He who abides in us.  (see I John 2:10-21 sermon)
  2. The Holy Spirit is the One who teaches us the truth.  (see I John 2:20-21 sermon)
  3. The Holy Spirit seals us and guarantees and assures us that we do abide in Christ.  (see Ephesians 1:13-14)

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and join-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”  (Romans 8:16-17, KJV)

“Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest [guarantee] of the Spirit in our hearts.”  (2 Corinthians 1:22, emphasis added, KJV)

“In whom ye trusted, after that ye hear the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:  in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest [guarantee] of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”  (Ephesians 1:13-14, emphasis added, KJV)

“And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”  (Ephesians 4:30, KJV)

APPLICATION:

Today we have seen test six – Does the Gospel abide in you?  It is the message of salvation.  If you truly accepted the Lord Jesus as your Savior then the Holy Spirit witnesses with your spirit that you are the child of God.  This is evidence that you are continuing in the Son.  In other words you are going to heaven.

We have seen that those who have believed John 3:16 has God’s guarantee that they have His free gift of eternal life – Ephesians 2:8-9.

We have also seen God’s warning that there are false teachers who will attempt to deceive you, as a Christian, and draw you away from Christ.  In other words they will attempt to cause doubts about your Free Gift of Eternal Life…

We also reviewed the ministry of Holy Spirit.

The question is:  “Have you truly accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?”  If not, use our search engine for “salvation”, several studies will appear to take you through salvation, offering you the opportunity to travel the narrow path to heaven.

If you are already saved, but you have doubts about your eternal security, thank God for the ministry of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit in your life.  Praise Him that you are enroute to Heaven.