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August 25, 2021 8:00 am
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Byron Tyler here with the CEO of Wilbur funding pure evil. Today Adrian Rogers. She was one of God's promises.
It's important is the assurance of our salvation.
We all want to be sure right, we want to trust but verify.
We want to mail it down confirm it.
Affirm it what whatever it takes right.
We want to be sure. Later Roger says we need as Christians to have nailed down.
Without a doubt a matter fact, he had this to say about it. One thing that every Christian ought to know beyond a shadow of any doubt is that he are she is saved, we donate a bit about in Christian will be shouting Christian Malik?
What I had to bend over, but an exclamation mark.
Somebody said if you could have it not know what you could lose it not miss it through the matter is if you have it, you ought to know it and if you have it. Thank God you cannot lose it when it's a great word. You cannot lose it when Jesus says no one can snatch them out of my hands. We can lose our salvation. If were genuinely saved this true but sometimes as Christians we do have doubts and we don't know what to do with those doubts again. Adrian Rogers helps us to put into perspective how to handle those doubts it's possible to be saved and have doubts if it's not possible to have doubts than why the John ride and say these things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God, that you may know, because there were some evidently who were having some question marks about the salvation, and so doubt doesn't mean that you have been saved as a matter fact we only doubt that which we tend to believe doubt is the spirit what pain is your body pain doesn't mean that your dad with the pain means that you're alive, but pain is the means something is wrong. Something is not working right then so will not have doubt I've never known of the Christian who is really any good in his or her service to Lord I mean truly effective who did not.
First of all, have the assurance of his or her salvation and Obama think a couple things we need to always remember the work of Christ in the nest across right and then also we need to remember the word.
The word of the father love it.
Adrian Rogers says that God's word was not written to tell you how the heavens go. It was written to tell you how to go to heaven will place beautiful. I really love that and it is the atoning work of Christ, we must remember, Jesus took our sin to the cross with his blood. He paid our sin penalty absolutely and also we know that the witness of the spirit lives and dwells in us and that's another affirmation that were saved. We always love hearing from our love refining listeners and I believe you have somebody who recently wrote in the responses this thanks to your great teaching. Almost all of my family has come to know our precious Savior, Jesus, we had been religious all of our lives in church every time the door was open all the time thinking that we were saved. The reason was that we heard Scripture quoted from the pool. But it was never related to our lives. We are so glad we found you, who guided us to find our dear Savior Jesus Christ reminds me this scripture in acts in the early church when one in their whole household came to Christ, afraid you might have a question about your salvation and would like to know more about the subject of having the certainty of your salvation. You can go to LWF.org.
That's right, a great website. Click on the Bible learning tab and then Peru's what every Christian ought to know, will today's message how to be absolutely sure. Part one.
Here's Adrian Rogers and all God does not owe us explanations they would do us any good anyway because if he explained we still wouldn't understand that Alaskans explain that would be like asking Einstein to explain something to your dog.
I didn't understand the ways of God's ways are above our ways we trust and obey. We do not live by explanations we live by promises. A man and one of the great promises, however, is that we can know that we know that we know that we are saved heaven born in heaven bound and if you are not saved you need to be saved so you can know it. And if you are say you ought to know it.
Somebody said you could be saved and not know what you could lose it not miss it.
The truth of the matter is that you can know beyond a shadow of any doubt that you are saved only two classes in the world that we divide people by upper-class middle-class lower-class but God doesn't do that. The only two classes the saved and the laws.
The saints and the aims and you are in one category are you are in another way to say well I'm not entirely say pastor Rogers no nobodies have saved to be half 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 what you write about that and that's what we don't talk about today that we don't find out what God says we find out what God 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. Who 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 their 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 hath the witness himself.
He is not God have 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 ye may know K NOW, that ye may know that he had eat eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the son of God and our Christian schools are. We miss 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 are saved, if you take your Gospel of John, when you get home sometime and read it circle the word no candle that you just circle maybe take a red pen and just circle by the way don't mind riding in your Bible when you wear it. I get a new and amen just the right circle. If you have a Bible falling apart to have a life it's not falling apart.
Just circle and every time you find the word K NOW know just circle and you will find that over 49 in these five chapters he uses the word no. 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 a by written of you that believe on the name of the son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life would be wonderful for you to say, praise God. I know that I know that I'm that no matter what happens I am heaven born and I am heaven bound.
Now there's another keyword and it is used some 10 times in these verses that I just read to you. First John chapter 5 verses five through 13, and that keyword is the same word is translated in different ways. It is translated witness record testimony and testify. It's the same word that is just translated different ways. So God is giving us a witness so we can know is giving us a testimony so that we can know and that's what we could be talking about today. The source of our certainty the basis of our belief and remember we told you that a threefold cord is not easily broken.
We told you three ways that you could test fault spirit. Now we go to tell you today three ways that you can know you can know K NOW that you are saved and that you're on the way to heaven, and that you can be absolutely sure about the first way that is the certainty that comes from the atoning work of Christ. Write down the atoning work of Christ, the atoning work of Christ. Now, as I certainly can't look at you with verse six. This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ not by water only, but by water and live what is that me when he speaks what Jesus Christ did readings and is said that he came by water and blood. What is the meaning of what is the meaning of water and blood putting a margin John that is. This time the gospel of John. John chapter 19 verses 33 and 34, the setting for this verse is that Jesus Christ is on the cross he is dying in agony and blood upon that cross and the Roman soldiers in order to make certain that those who had been crucified were dead, which is one of them dead before the Sabbath.
They were coming along to break the legs of those have been crucified to hasten their but when they came to Jesus, he was already dead. Now listen to the Scripture. John 19 verses 33, 34, but when it came to Jesus and saw that he was dead already. They break not his legs but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side and forth with came out below, and walked out of the wounded side of the Lord Jesus report out blood and now the apostle John tells us over here in the epistle that we're reading first John chapter 5 in verse six. This is he that came by water and glad even Jesus Christ's the pericardial pleural fluid that encases the heart is a watery substance because it is the heart that pumps the blood, but sometimes in great duress medical people tell us that plasma it separates and that fluid is there around the heart that pleural fluid that shows something of the agony that Jesus had you see, why did Jesus die first in the thieves not the other two they broke their legs.
They did need to break Jesus legs why because Jesus died of a broken heart. Jesus literally died of a broken heart.
There was no agony like the agony of Jesus. You cannot understand the pressure that was upon the Lord Jesus.
Jesus died in agony. The eternities were compressed upon the Lord Jesus the sins of the world were distilled upon the Lord Jesus. He died of a broken heart and when that soldier took that spear and rammed it into the side of the Lord Jesus.
There report out water and blood that's the meaning of John speaking water and blood, but what is the message of receipt is the blood that cleanses us from sin is the blood that removes the penalty of sin. The wages of sin is death, and without shedding of blood there is no remission and Jesus took my sin in your sin to that cross and with his blood. He paid sin's penalty. There's also the water. The water speaks of that which continues to cleanse his speech not only of salvation but sanctification. Remember in the gospel of John chapter 1 the Bible says and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The word is Jesus the Lagasse was made flesh and dwelt among us. The word dwelt is the word tabernacle Jesus tabernacle among us.
Did you know that in the Old Testament, God had a tabernacle and that tabernacle in the Old Testament was a prophecy of Jesus and had to go into that tabernacle to worship. First of all, there would've been a brazen altar and that's where the blood would've been shed that spoke of the blood of Jesus and then right past that altar you would come to great basin called a leave, the blood is here the altar, but at the labors water and so they would come first of all, through the blood to the blood deals with the penalty of sin, the water deals with the pollution Jesus tabernacle among us. Jesus came blood and water and is significant that when they put that spear, and assign out came blood and water.
What does that have to do with the assurance of my salvation print.
My hope is built on nothing less then the blood in the water and you know we sing that song rock of ages ever thought about that phrase that you son so many times let side which flow be sin the double cure say from rent and make me feel as the water in the blood he saved from wrath. He makes us feel. I wouldn't give half a hallelujah of your hope of heaven. Apart from the water and the blood apart from the death of the Lord Jesus Christ upon that false. That's the solid rock on which we stand. That's the first court in our threefold cord that gives us assurance. There is certainty from the atoning work of Christ. I now write this down. There is certainty from the abiding witness of the Spirit, the atoning work of the son, the abiding witness of the Spirit now continue to read the last part of verse six and it is the spirit that bears witness because the Spirit is truth for their three that bear record in heaven. The father in the Word and the Holy Ghost in these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth the spirit and the water and the blood that you see were the spirit takes the water and the blood, the Holy Spirit, to bear witness and these three agree in one that I noticed John's argument here is that word if can be translated sin since we receive the witness of men. The witness of God is greater for this is the witness of God which he has testified of his son. He that believe is on the son of God hath the witness in himself. Now that is the abiding witness. You see, you have the atoning work, but the Holy Spirit takes the atoning work and he testifies he gives witness to you.
Only in side now let me tell you how the Holy Spirit of God witnesses. This is the way that you can know that you have this blessed assurance. First of all the Holy Spirit witnesses to us. That is, before we even save the Holy Spirit is telling us about Jesus. Notice again if you will. Verse six and this is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ not by water only, but by water and blood using labor and how I know that's true. Just because you say it no less a business that bears witness you think that I'm up here trying to persuade you of something you see it is the Holy Spirit of God that will tell you whether this is true whether snow is the spirit that bears witness because the spirit is true, what is the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said he will take the things of mine and he will show them to you notice what he says in verse nine. If we receive the witness of men.
The witness of God is greater you believe man you receive the witness of men all the time you got the rest you trust people the things more faith everyday here sitting in this building you trusted the engineers that figured this roof that is not falling often thought about going airplane to fly overseas. He said that you never seen that platitude ever matting you have examined that airplane.
He cracks that throttle open fly. You always cross that I say you go to the doctor. He writes a prescription, neither he nor the pharmacist can read that man goes back then take Celeste up from the shelf and mixer something up and you take this and we receive the witness of men everyday. Don't do as it was difficult to live by faith. You live by faith everyday of your life and you put your faith into man, whose breath is in the nostril we receive the witness of the witness of God is greater then can lie. The Holy Spirit is truth and so first of all the Holy Spirit witnesses to us. That's a reason why never move when a man says well I can't believe he's a liar.
If you want to believe the Holy Spirit will enable you to believe Jesus did not say you cannot come in to me. Jesus said he will not come and meet you see it is because the Holy Spirit of God. When the word of God is preached.
The Holy Spirit of God. Witnesses with wire. First of all, he witnesses to you and that not only does he witness to you. Then he witnesses and you look in the last part of verse 10. If you will, are the first party that leaves on the son of God hath the witness in himself. Now when he witnesses to you and you receive Christ when he comes in to you and you have the witness in you now suppose brother Bob and brother Jim are arguing with me about apple pie and I have an apple pie over here and I just eaten a big slice of it and Jim says I don't believe there is any apple pie that doesn't even exist. And Bob says well I believe it exists but is no good and Adrian is over here, having wrapped himself around a piece of apple pie that you think those two guys going to disturb me. I have the witness and myself. I have the witness in myself and that is the reason that a Christian with an experience is never at the mercy of an infidel with an argument. Is he he witnesses to you and then he witnesses and you as a reason bodices taste and see that the Lord is good.
One way to find out with apple pies good or not is to taste and see that you say will that brings up a real question. Adrian, what is the witness of the Holy Spirit. And I want to be very careful.
The witness of the Holy Spirit is not an emotional feeling that you don't get this. You will miss whole thing most people think that the witness of the Holy Spirit is some emotional feeling goosebumps liver shivers 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 that you know something because he feels it no spiritual knowledge goes beyond those things now, but frankly, I'm not really an emotional person that when I preach I get emotional and breach but I more emotional in a breach than other times. Sometimes choices they make. They wanted to get excited like you doing 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 wire 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 more in an hour man. Now the assurance of your salvation can show up in your emotions. You know when it dawns on that you know that you're saying you may get very excited about nothing wrong thing. The emotions are fine.
That is not the witness of the Spirit. Your emotions may play on the witness of the Spirit is a pastor than what is the witness of the Spirit explain.
You don't explain your receive, you don't explain the witness of the Spirit receive it will hear the second part of this message coming up tomorrow. I hope you can join us then, but maybe today you have questions about the Holy Spirit about who Jesus is or how to begin a relationship with God through the forgiveness that Jesus is offering you right now if so, go to our discovery, Jesus email@example.com/radio to find free resources and materials there that will answer questions you may have about your faith again LWF.org/radio and click discovered Jesus at the top will be sure to sign up for our daily heartbeat emails you get daily devotions and messaging links sent straight to your environment can do that in LWF.org/thank you so much for studying God's word with us today and don't miss part two of how to be absolutely sure tomorrow right online word