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1 John 3: 19-24. SO WHERE ARE WE? INTRODUCTION TO LETTER (1: 1-4) FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD WHO IS LIGHT/HOLY (1: 5 – 2:28) FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD WHO IS RIGHTEOUS.

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1 1 John 3: 19-24

2 SO WHERE ARE WE? INTRODUCTION TO LETTER (1: 1-4) FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD WHO IS LIGHT/HOLY (1: 5 – 2:28) FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD WHO IS RIGHTEOUS (2:29 – 4:6) FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD WHO IS LOVE (4:7 – 5:5) DIVINE CERTAINITIES AND ASSURANCES (5:6-5:20) CONCLUSION (5:21)

3 Fellowship with GOD who is Righteous The fact of God’s righteousness (2:29) The encouragement for fellowship (3:1-3) The opposition to fellowship (3:4-13) The evidence of the fellowship (3: 14-18) The result of the fellowship (3: 19-24) The test of the fellowship (4:1-6) Next week – lead by pete mahoney

4 3 RESULTS (of our fellowship) ASSURANCE IN FELLOWSHIP (19-21) ASSURANCE IN PRAYER (22,23) ASSURANCE BECAUSE OF OUR UNION WITH HIM (24)

5 REMEMBER THE THEME OF 1 JOHN 1 JOHN 1:3 “THAT WHICH WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD DECLARE WE UNTO YOU, THAT YE ALSO MAY HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH US, AND TRULY OUR FELLOWSHIP IS WITH THE FATHER, AND WITH HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST”

6 VIEWPOINT GOD WANTS OUR FELLOWSHIP… CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? (Reason we were created) HE FOUND FELLOWSHIP WITH ENOCH HE FOUND FELLOWSHIP WITH ABRAHAM WITH MOSES… SUCH FELLOWSHIP HAS EVER BEEN THE DESIRE OF THE LORD FROM THE BEGINNING IT IS THE GREAT DESIRE OF THE HEART OF GOD THAT WE SHOULD KNOW SOMETHING OF HOW HE WANTS OUR FELLOWSHIP.

7 NOW REMEMBER, THIS LETTER IS THE LAST SCRIPTURE TO BE WRITTEN According to Clement, this letter was written 25 years after Paul wrote his prison epistles.. It was after John had returned from the Isle of Patmos, where he wrote REVELATION… He was set at liberty by the Romans and had gone to Ephesus. The aged Apostle John wrote this letter…. So it is significant. (i.e. one final written message from God).

8 SO LETS EXAMINE: 1. “ASSURANCE IN FELLOWSHIP” “BY THIS WE SHALL KNOW THAT WE ARE OF THE TRUTH AND REASSURE OUR HEART BEFORE HIM, FOR WHENEVER OUR HEART CONDEMNS US, GOD IS GREATER THAN OUR HEART. AND HE KNOWS EVERYTHING. BELOVED, IF OUR HEART DOES NOT CONDEMN US, WE HAVE CONFIDENCE BEFORE GOD; “

9 “BY THIS WE SHALL KNOW” WHAT HAS JOHN BEEN TALKING ABOUT ? …CLASS MacARTHUR STUDY BIBLE NOTES: “A LIFESTYLE OF “LOVE IN ACTION” IS THE DEMONSTRABLE PROOF OF SALVATION” THIS IS PROOF TO WHOM? THIS ASSUMES YOU HAVE PASSED ALL THE PRIOR GATES: RIGHT VIEW OF CHRIST RIGHT VIEW OF SIN….

10 LITERALLY THERE IS A WAY THAT WE CAN AND SHALL KNOW THAT WE ARE LINKED BY LIFE TO THE TRUTH WRITTEN AND INCARNATE SO THAT OUR FEARS AND DOUBTS ARE COMPLETELY PACIFIED AND OUR HEART IS ASSURED, EVEN THOUGH WE STAND BEFORE A HOLY GOD. THAT IS TO SAY, EVEN IN THE INTIMATING PRESENCE OF THE ABSOLUTELY HOLY ONE. YOU SEE..

11 YOU SEE… IN A VERY REAL SENSE ITS THE PRESENCE OF GOD THAT RAISES THE DOUBTS. IT IS THE CHARACTER OF GOD THAT RAISES THE FEARS.

12 “TH AT WE ARE OF THE TRUTH AND REASSURE OUR HEART BEFORE HIM” GOD GREATLY WANTS US TO KNOW THAT WE ARE SAVED… BECAUSE THEN PEACE AND JOY CAN BE OURS…. AND HE CAN HAVE INTIMATE FELLOWSHIP WITH US. WITHOUT ASSURANCE, WE REALLY CANNOT HAVE PEACE OR JOY. ARMINIUS THEOLOGY (DUTCH)… CHARISMATIC/WESLEYAN VIEW… ROMAN CATHOLIC THEOLOGY

13 COUNCIL OF TRENT: “NO ONE CAN KNOW WITH A CERTAINTY OF FAITH WHICH CANNOT BE SUBJECT TO ERROR THAT HE HAS OBTAINED THE GRACE OF GOD. NO ONE CAN EVER KNOW THAT HE’S OBTAINED SAVING GRACE.” ANOTHER PARA.: “IF ANYONE SAYS THAT A MAN WHO IS BORN AGAIN AND JUSTIFIED IS BOUND OF FAITH TO BELIEVE THAT HE IS ASSUREDLY IN THE NUMBER OF THE PREDESTINATE, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA.” (THAT’S A CURSE OF A PERSON WHO IS ASSURED OF HIS SALVATION)

14 CONTINUED THAT’S 16 TH CENTURY STUFF…. WELL THE LATEST ROMAN CATHOLIC DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGY: UNDER “CERTAINTY OF SALVATION”: “A CONCEPT OF PROTESTANT THEOLOGY, MORE OF THAT CURSED REFORMED THEOLOGY.”

15 ASSURANCE THAT WE ARE IN FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD SO THAT WE HAVE A BOLDNESS BEFORE GOD BASED ON A WALK WITH THE RIGHTEOUS GOD. “IF OUR HEART CONDEMN US” … WHICH IT WILL IF THERE IS FAILURE OR ANY DISOBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD… THAT IS NOT CONFESSED. (We have BEEN GIVEN a conscience to INITIALLY bring us to Christ … and SUBSEQUENTLY to alert us of the need of CONFESSION.)

16 “G OD IS GREATER THAN OUR HEART AND HE KNOWS EVERYTHING” OUR CONSCIENCE WILL ALWAYS BE CONDEMNING US…. (EVEN WHEN WE CONFESS) WITH INSECURITIES AND DOUBTS.. BUT GOD AFFIRMS THAT WE ARE..IN CHRIST.. HAVE SALVATION AND ARE RIGHTEOUS … AND HAVE A “CLEAR OPEN CHANNEL” FOR INTIMATE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM. HE DESIRES OUR FELLOWSHIP

17 “BELOVED, IF OUR HEART NOT CONDEMN US, WE HAVE CONFIDENCE BEFORE GOD” A LIFE STYLE OF LOVE IN ACTION … IN DEEDS AND ACTIONS …. WILL PROVIDE THE CONFIDENCE TO OUR MINDS/HEARTS THAT WE ARE HIS … AND TO PROCEED UNHINDERED WITH INTIMATE FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER AND THE SON.

18 2. ASSURANCE IN PRAYER “AND WHATEVER WE ASK WE RECEIVE OF HIM, BECAUSE WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND DO WHAT PLEASES HIM.” CAN THIS BE TRUE? (REMEMBER THE BASIS OF HIS ACTIONS… THE FATHER AND SON LOVE US … EXCEEDINGLY) ….

19 Obviously it is a statement that made a large impression on John…. For in John 15:7 “IF YOU ABIDE IN ME, AND MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, YOU WILL ASK WHAT YOU DESIRE, AND IT SHALL BE DONE FOR YOU.” (ITS ABOUT HAVING THAT INTIMATE FELLOWSHIP AND OBEYING HIS WORD) JOHN SEEMS TO BE QUOTING JESUS

20 SO BASED ON HIS LOVE TO US HE ANSWERS WITH OUR BEST OPTION… (SEE PASTOR HEGG’S NEW BOOK “THE OBEDIENCE OPTION)…. WHICH IS “YES, NO, WAIT”…. ONLY BECAUSE HE LOVES US SO.

21 SO WHY DO WE PRAY? WE PRAY BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WE PRAY BECAUSE GOD COMMANDS IT 1 THESS 5:17 WE PRAY BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATES OUR POSITION UNDER HIM AND OUR DEPENDENCE ON HIM … PS 121: 1-3 WE PRAY BECAUSE IT IS A WAY TO SERVE GOD 1 TIM 2:1-2

22 CONTINUED WE PRAY BECAUSE IT STRENGTHENS OUR FAITH.. MT 6:6 AND EPH 3:20 WE PRAY BECAUSE IT IS WORTH DOING JAMES 5:16 WE PRAY BECAUSE HE ALWAYS ANSWERS, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER 1 JOHN 5:14-15 NEXT CHART

23 LOOKING AHEAD 1 JOHN 5:14,15 “AND THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE HAVE IN HIM, THAT, IF WE ASK ANY THING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, HE HEARETH US: AND IF WE KNOW THAT HE HEARS US, WHATSOEVER WE ASK, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE PETITIONS THAT WE DESIRED OF HIM” SAME TRUTH….

24 NEXT TABLE TIME AND PRAYER

25 JESUS INSTRUCTS THE DISCIPLES JOHN 16:23-28 IN THAT DAY (WHEN THE SPIRIT INDWELLS YOU), YOU SHALL ASK ME (Christ) NOTHING. WHY IS THIS?BECAUSE: IN THAT DAY YOU SHALL ASK THE FATHER IN MY NAME. NOT BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM…. BUT BECAUSE HE LOVES US.

26 3. ASSURANCE BECAUSE OF OUR UNION WITH HIM (VS 23/24) “AND THIS IS HIS COMMANDMENT: THAT WE SHOULD BELIEVE ON THE NAME OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AS HE GAVE US COMMANDMENT. NOW HE WHO KEEPS HIS COMMANDMENTS ABIDES IN HIM, AND HE (GOD) IN HIM. AND BY THIS WE KNOW THAT HE ABIDES IN US, BY THE SPIRIT WHOM HE HAS GIVEN US.”

27 JESUS SAID THE SAME THING IN JOHN 14 “AND I WILL PRAY THE FATHER, AND HE SHALL GIVE YOU ANOTHER COMFORTER, THAT HE MAY ABIDE WITH YOU FOR-EVER. EVEN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH; WHOM THE WORLD CANNOT RECEIVE, BECAUSE IT SEETH HIM NOT, NEITHER KNOWETH HIM; BUT YE KNOW HIM; FOR HE DWELLETH WITH YOU, AND SHALL BE IN YOU.

28 UNION THE SAME UNION THAT JESUS CHRIST HAS WITH THE FATHER … HE HAS WITH US. WHAT CONFIDENCE, WHAT ASSURANCE, WHAT JOY… WE ARE ETERNALLY, COMPLETELY, ABSOLUTELY JOINED TO THE SON OF GOD. THERE IS NO POWER ON EARTH OR IN HELL THAT CAN BREAK THAT RELATIONSHIP AND THAT UNION. GOT IT?

29 REMEMBER PETER WITH JESUS HE WANTED HIS WORSHIP NOT WILL YOU SERVE ME….. BUT “DO YOU LOVE ME?” SOME ARE SO OCCUPIED WITH EXPERIENCE, THAT THEY HAVE SHUT OUT THE PRESENCE OF THE SAVIOUR. JOHN IS TELLING US THAT WE HAVE AN AWESOME UNION WITH JESUS CHRIST AND THE FATHER. GOD HAS MADE PROVISION TO REMOVE THE BARRIER THAT HAS BROKEN FELLOWSHIP. WE CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE TO COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF GRACE AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOING TO MEET OUR NEEDS …BECAUSE THE FATHER LOVES US… AND BECAUSE WE ARE IN UNION WITH JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON, THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT….. AMEN


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