“KNOW You Are Saved”

In our Bible Study last Sunday evening I asked my 91 year old Mother-In-Law who has been a Christian since age 11, if she is still learning things in her spiritual life in regards to reading the Bible?  Her response was, “God always shows and teaches me something when I read the Bible.”  We’re studying the Book of 1ST John which teaches us “we can KNOW” we are a Christian.  In fact the whole Book is teaching the reader that they can be confident in their relationship with Christ, KNOW their sins are forgiven, KNOW how to stay in fellowship with Christ, and KNOW HOW to live a Christian life.  It’s interesting to learn that, the word KNOW is mentioned 31 times in this one short Book.  You DO NOT have to wonder, hope or question where you are spiritually – “these things have been written that you may KNOW that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

 

I run into people all the time who will say in a spiritual discussion, “I’m just not sure I’m a Christian!”  Or,  “I said the prayer and hope I make it.”  How confident are you in your Born Again experience?  Over the next few days I want to share some thoughts on how a believer can know beyond a shadow of doubt they are a Christian or how a “wanna be” believer can find forgiveness through Jesus Christ.   I challenge everyone reading this article today to read the entire book (5 short chapters) of 1st John this week.  Have pen in hand and every time you see the word KNOW, circle it.  Understand that word is indicating something the Lord and writer John wants and says everyone can KNOW about their walk with the Lord.  I promise, if you read these devotionals this week and the Book of 1st John you will learn some things that will help you.  Here are some first steps to ponder:

 

“God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live in truth” (1 Jn 1:5,6).  God is “light.”  Light dispels darkness.  Light and darkness cannot exist together.  In John’s writings, including the gospel of John, he refers to God (Jesus) as light.  A light guides us as we walk through the darkness.  Another word describing God as light, is TRUTH.  Truth is knowledge, knowledge is understanding, understanding produces a foundation upon what we should do and how to do it.  Truth plus knowledge removes doubt and questions.  God’s Word is TRUTH (John 17:17).  Your challenge for today is this:  You must come up with a definitive answer to the following question.  How you answer it will determine the commitment of your Christian experience.  Here is perhaps the most important question you’ll answer in your lifetime – consider it seriously:  “Do you, OR do you not believe God’s Word is true?” Not some of it – ALL of it!  Do you believe God says what He means and means what He says?   More coming tomorrow.  Share this with your Christian as well as non-Christian friends.

 

Pastor Carnes