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August 6, 2020 8:00 am
What's the difference between knowing and feeling your say this into Adrian Rogers. How does God know when you, as you know something because somebody tells you know something because he has learned. You know something because he feels no spiritual knowledge goes beyond mostly the assurance of your salvation show in your emotions deal with the dog so that you know what you're saying.
You may get very excited about and to love finding a clean pastor and Bible teacher Adrian Rogers said we do not live by explanation, we live by promises one of God's great promises is the assurance of our salvation. Best, Rogers taught that our salvation is a court of three strands the first being the atoning work of Christ, the second being the abiding witness of the Spirit. If you have your Bible turn to first John chapter 5 is Adrian Rogers reveals the third strand so that we can know how to be absolutely sure classes in the world that we divide people by upper-class middle-class lower-class. But God doesn't do that only two classes the saved and the lost saints and angels and you are in one category are you are in what you say. Well I'm not entirely say pastor Rogers no nobodies have saved to be saved is to be altogether entirely lost. Either you are saved. Are you are lost when you say only God didn't say who say where you are right about that.
That's what we don't talk about today. Find out what God says says that you can say what God says and you miss you. Now let's see what God says. First John chapter 5 verse five is he that overcomes the world. But he that believe that Jesus is the son of God. This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ not by water only, but by water and blood and it is the spirit that bears witness because the Spirit is truth, for there are three that bear record in heaven, the father of the Word and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth. The spirit in the water and the blood and these three agree in one if we receive the witness of men. The witness of God is greater for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his son. He that believe on the son of God have to witness himself heatedly with not God has made him a liar because he believed not the record that God gave his son and this is the record that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life, and he that hath not the son of God hath not life matters. The climactic verse, verse 13.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God, that she may know okay NOW that you made no that he had either eternal life and that you may believe on the name of the son of God and our Christian schools are remiss in Miller's audit. We have a basis for our belief. Now the Gospel of John was written to tell us how to be saved. And this first John was written of the epistle of John to tell us how to know that we save if you take your Gospel of John, when you get home sometime and read it circle the word no Canada need to circle and you will find that over 40 time in these five chapters he uses the word know it is the gospel of certainty. It is not a hope.
So, maybe so. It is a know so salvation and he says these things verse 13 of I written of you that believe on the name of the son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. I now write this down. There is certainty from the abiding witness of the Spirit. What is the witness of the Holy Spirit. I want to be very careful no witness of the Holy Spirit is not an emotional feeling that you don't get busy on this whole thing most people think that the witness of the Holy Spirit is some emotional feeling goosebumps liver sugars because I know I'm safe because I feel it whole boy then your assurance of your salvation. Don't go up and down with the condition of your liver. If you live by motions you go to be on a roller coaster. No no no no witness of the Spirit is far deeper than a motion how does God know anything.
Does he know something because somebody tells does he know something because he has learned. Does he know something because he feels it no spiritual knowledge goes beyond those things, but frankly, I'm not really an emotional person set when I preach I get emotional when a breach. I don't get all that high. I will get all that low. I can't take credit for that one where the other is just a way I'm wired. That is my psychology, I'd be that way if I will not say that's my emotional band I don't get all that high.
I don't get all that low. I'm more in an hour man. Now the assurance of your salvation can show up in your emotions deal when it dawns on you that you know that you're saying you may get very excited about nothing wrong with one man said Mama. When I got saved I say dust cloud I got saved and Kornfield tore up 1/2 an acre corn, hard on the corner that's okay but that man who got saved plowing and tore up 1/2 an acre corn is no more save than a 10-year-old girl gives them missile this morning and sweetly gives her heart to Jesus Christ. No more say the emotions are fine. That is not the witness of the Spirit. Your emotions may play on the witness of the Spirit you say pastor than what is the witness of the Spirit explained that you don't explain your receiving God's spirit speaks to you that you belong to him. He that hath the son hath the witness in him self and you know so many times were trying to make everybody else have the same kind of emotional experience that we doing some churches I used to have altars where you came to the altar to immediately get saved.
Nothing wrong with that's not necessary and be saved back.
They can be saved appearing be saved in an airplane to be saved in the summer and be saved anywhere. But this man came on those old-fashioned prayer benches to get saved and there was some of the brothers in this country church and sisters who came to helping me get through one meal down alongside of him while he was praying and said her brother hold all you'll never get saved with the old loan. I'm not a well-meaning person came up right after that as a brother. Let not saved till I finally let go and somebody else came right after that he said all man look for bright light. When you see that bright light you know you say in this matter later. Only finally did get saved. He said you know, between trying to hold on let go and look for that light, almost didn't make it. Listen, don't you don't you impose your emotions on me. I impose my emotions on you. We are different, emotionally the witness of the Spirit is not an emotional experience.
It is a certainty. When God's spirit speaks to your spirit. And he tells you you why he that hath the spirit witness himself. The Holy Spirit of God witness is to you and the Holy Spirit of God. Witness is in you and that my friend is when the Holy Spirit of God can witness through you.
Remember what our Lord said tract 180 shall receive power at that the Holy Ghost is come upon you should be witnesses on the me ma'am when you have the assurance of your salvation. You know, so salvation is so much easier to be a witness because as the apostle say we are witnesses of these things and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him, not dependent upon eloquence are not dependent upon logic are not dependent upon those things in order to persuade you as a reason before I came out here this morning I got on my knees and so God, oh God, you're the witness you witness through me. It's the Holy Spirit of God is the witness. How do we have this assurance, the tolling work of the Savior of the water and the blood by witness of the Spirit is the third court remember now threefold cord is not easily broken.
The work of the Savior.
The witness of the Spirit. And here's the third Ward. The word of the father. The word of the father bear.
You see this threefold cord, father, son and Holy Ghost together to bring this certainty about what is the word of the father, I want you to listen to it here. Beginning in verse 10 he that believes on the son of God have to witness himself and he that believe it or not, God narratives the father he that leave is not God has made him a liar because he believe it or not the record that God gave his son and this is the right cord that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that had the son hath life, and he that hath not the son of God hath not life mount_this next phrase these things have I written unto you.
That's the written word for that believe on the name of the son of God, that she may K NOW know that you have eternal life. Now God gave us a record.
Aren't you glad for the Bible say men because later we learned about the water and the blood where we learn about the witness of the Spirit. We learned about that from the word of God. This is the threefold court again. That is not easily broken. God gave us is where now it's so very important that you believe the word of God because the word of God has one central message from Genesis to Revelation. You put into words.
Ready for Jesus saves. That's it. Business book will when I written to tell you how the heavens go with her in the day how to go to heaven. The message of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is one message Jesus saves.
Jesus saves. Now God gave us his word that we might have that assurance that we might be absolutely sure now if you don't believe the Bible mean what you doing calling God a liar look in verse 10 he that leave is not.
God is made in life mount. Sometimes a person will say to me what you know Pastor Rogers. I am trying to believe the Bible or you are, how nice. Suppose you came to me and asked me for some information and I said here's the way this one, two, three, four, and I tell you some things you look at me as I will Adrian.
I'm trying to believe you say that me I'm trying to believe you know what I mean later you must be a lower part of the time you're not trustworthy.
I'm trying to believe you, Adrian friend listen when you say oh I'm trying to have pain here believe is not. God is made of a lie.
Got a liar this a lesson this is correct for God to give us eternal life.
There is a divine inspired word of God and it is settled in heaven. Psalm 119 verse 89 forever Lord thy word is settled in heaven. The atoning work of Christ. The abiding witness of the Spirit and the affirming word of God, you take those three put them together and then you can say I know that I have eternal life.
Now let's break it down a bit less to see what John did say the word. First of all, he tells us the source of this life noticed the record and this is a record that got it dimmed us eternal life, and this life is in his son.
Now that's the source you will have life if you don't have Lord Jesus apart from Jesus. There is no eternal life.
When you say I have life know you have existence. Jesus at outcome that you might have life and have it abundantly. The source of life is Jesus.
Now not only is Jesus, the source of life, but he's also the substance of life looking verse 12 he that hath the son hath life, and he that hath not the son of God have not life.
Now Christianity is Christ is not a creed, not a code, not a cause. It is Christ Jesus Christ is your spirit what blood is your body is not a religion about him is not simply following his precepts. It is Christ in you the hope of glory.
Other teachers may point to life. Jesus says I am life and illicitly the source of your life is Jesus, the substance of your life is Jesus, and therefore the surety of your life is Jesus. Notice verse 13. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God, that you may know that you have any eternal life now notice he says these things have I written that you might know, so the surety of your life is the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now suppose you and your wife filed a joint income tax return and the tax man came to you and said you filed a wrong return. You have not proven that your marriage is there will I know married. No I want some proof that your matter is a well man I I can. They were like yesterday. I stood there the marriage altar with Joyce or you should've seen her use of a single chicane and then at white dress she was reading.
All I remember when when the past, said Adrian, do you take choice will now I just wilted. I remember I remember the emotion I had. I remember the feelings that I had sir, all I can tell you all about the joy, the commitment in my home is a well son, I'm glad that you had that experience and you feel that way but for our records that won't count, no matter how you felt you have something better answer yes I have something better come back tomorrow and I'll have and I go down to the courthouse and I get the right cord were Adrian Pierce Rogers was married to Joyce Louise gentry and it is signed and attested to see.
I say now you want something better than emotion bears the record and God has given to us a God's word goes beyond the motion. Thank God for motion.
You'll have someone get married but is not the emotion that makes you married will get married without it, but friend limitation, there is a threefold cord. The atoning work of Christ. The abiding witness of the Spirit, the affirming word of the fall, put them together putting together these things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God. Listen, that you may know that you have eternal life. A little boy was in a revival meeting.
The pastor preached from John five verse 24 verily, verily, I sent you, he that hears my word and believes on him that sent me, hath eternal life, and shall not come into condemnation but is passed from death into life. That was the message you believe it was saying you know the devil always counterattacks the on the way home little fella said the devil began to whisper to him. Did you not say you don't feel just right, you don't deserve it and all the way home. The devil was just dogging the footsteps of that little boy. He sat on the couch trying to get it all sorted out because he wanted the absolute assurance that it was saved. You remember the verse where was it John 524 verily, verily, I say and you verily right like them is truly, truly, I say to you, Jesus says, he that hears my words that I heard and believes on him. The Sidney said, I believe everlasting life.
He said I have everlasting life. I've says so he said. By then it seem like Satan was under the Reason I took the Bible and stuck it on the catching is it devil read for yourself their own without left listen when the devil gets on your trail. Don't argue with him. He's not worth it. Pointing to the word of God and step out of the argument, but them argue with God himself.
These things have I written to you that believe on the main part of the son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life has only God can save to save that's exactly see that this verse 12 half-life and he that hath not the son of God have not life be heading the Holy Spirit of God is here today telling you, there was one who came by water and blood, who died for you as I'm preaching to you.
He saying that is right that is true. He is witnessing to you right now. Now remember, you can receive the witness of God. If we receive the witness of men. The witness of God is greater. It is more than what Adrian is telling you today is what God is telling. Would you pray this prayer if you want to be saved, or God. I know that you love me and I know that you want to save me Jesus, thank you for praying for my sin with your blood on the cross. I believe you are the son of God. I believe that God raised from the dead, and I now receive you as my Lord and Savior and Master forever saving the Lord Jesus know me never to be ashamed of you say me by your grace and keep me for your glory.
Save me Jesus Lord Jesus, I thank you for doing it. I will make it public.
I will not be ashamed of you and I will live for you. The rest of my life as you give me strength. Father God, I just pray that many will say this today and mean your holy name. Amen. If you just prayed with Pastor Rogers to receive Jesus Christ. We would love to celebrate with you and offer an insightful resource Center website. It's called are discovered, Jesus page. There you'll receive encouragement and find answers. You may need about your newfound faith as well as a response section. We can share how this message or others have impacted you go to LWF.org/radio and click the tab discovered Jesus welcome to God's family we can't wait to hear from you today again go to LWF.org/radio and click Discover Jesus, if you like a copy of today's message request one by the title how to be absolutely sure when you call 1877 love God's message is also part of a powerful series putting first things first, how to have eternal life. If you'd like the complete collection, all six insightful messages. Call us at 877 love God or go to LWF.org/radio or you can write us at love worth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183 thanks for studying and God's word with us today.
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