Title:             Secure Forever, The Test

Text:              I John

Purpose:        By studying these verses we learn that:. Jesus’ sheep are eternally secure because they experience the truths laid out in I John and they are
 passing the tests given in that first epistle daily.

Speaker:       Bishop Jake Givan, Jr., D. Min

Date:              August 11,2019

All people, but especially children, have the basic need of feeling secure and loved. Children need to grow up in a family where the parents love one another
and where the children feel safe and are assured that their parents love them no matter what they do. If the parents threaten to withhold their love as
punishment for disobedience, the children will not feel secure and will strive to earn their parents’ love. That’s always tragic!

The same thing is true spiritually. God wants His spiritual children to know that He loves and accepts them through the death of Jesus Christ on their behalf,
not because of their performance. He wants us to know that we are eternally secure in our salvation even when we fail and sin. As a loving Father, He will
discipline us for our good, so that we may share His holiness (Heb. 12:10). But He will not withdraw His love or cast us off as His children. It’s important
for our spiritual growth that we know and feel that our salvation is secure forever.

A number of New Testament writers, of course, were very concerned about this matter of true salvation and the security of it, as was our Lord Jesus
Himself. The Apostle John dedicates his first letter to the subject, stating his theme at the end: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name
of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life” (I John 5:13). Through the letter is a series of tests to determine whether you
possess eternal life. If you don’t
pass theses tests, you’ll know where you stand and what you need to do. If you do, you’ll
have reason to enjoy your eternal salvation with great assurance.

Lesson outline:

Test # 1        Have you enjoyed fellowship with Christ and the Father?

Test # 2        Are you sensitive to sin?

Test # 3        Do you obey God’s word?

Test # 4        Do you reject this evil world?

Test # 5        Do you eagerly await Christ’s return?

Test # 6        Do you see a decreasing pattern of sin in your life?

Test # 7        Do you love other Christians?


Test # 8        Do you experience answered prayer?

Test # 9        Do you experience the ministry of the Holy Spirit?

Test # 10      Can you discern between spiritual truth and error?

Test # 11      Have you suffered rejection because of your faith?

So, here’s the deal: If your salvation was based on anything in you, then you can undo it. If you sin, or lose your faith, you lose your salvation. But if your
salvation rests on the fact that the Father gave you to Jesus before the foundation of the world, and that Jesus freely gave you eternal life apart from anything
that you can do, and if Jesus and the Father are guarding you and promise that you never will perish, then your salvation is secure forever.

Some say that if we are eternally secure, it will result in Christians living in sin. C. H. Spurgeon (Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit [Pilgrim Publications], 35:
695-696) replies to that charge:

Shall I come … to your house, and tell your children that, if they do wrong, you will cut their heads off; or that, if they disobey you, they will cease to be
your children? If I were to propound that doctrine, your children would grow angry at such a slander upon their father. They would say, “No, we know
better than that!” Far rather would I say to them, “My dear children, your father loves you; he will love you without end, therefore do not grieve him.”
Under such doctrine true children will say, “We love our ever-loving father. We will not disobey him. We will endeavor to walk in his ways.”

Understanding the biblical doctrine of eternal security will lead to a holy life. Stand firm in it!

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