Sermon: Love One Another (Pt. 3)

Love One Another, Pt. 3
1 John 3:19-24
February 9, 2014

Many people struggle with the question of whether or not one is saved.  John Piper gets to the central issue about assurance when he writes:

The most agonizing problem about the assurance of salvation is not the problem of whether the objective facts of Christianity are true (God exists, Christ is God, Christ died for sinners, Christ rose from the dead, Christ saves forever all who believe, etc.). Those facts are the utterly crucial bedrock of our faith. But the really agonizing problem of assurance is whether I personally am saved by those facts. [“The Agonizing Problem of the Assurance of Salvation”]

It is this topic of assurance that John addresses repeatedly in the book of 1 John.  He is writing to assure those who have been saved about the security of their salvation and he is writing to confront those who claim Christ and still joyfully engage in lifestyles of sin that they do not have fellowship with God or Christ.

John provides assurance for those who are doubting and wavering throughout the book, and we find one of those sections in the passage before us today.  In the last half of chapter three, John has been teaching and explaining the implications of the simple declaration, “love one another” (v. 11b).  And in verses 19ff, he draws those implications to a close by affirming assurance for those who love.  His point is that —

An essential evidence of our life in Christ is our love for one another.

As a reminder, in chapter three John made six assertions about love in the body of Christ (vv. 11-15).  And then he followed that with an example of Biblical love and an application for how to love biblically (vv. 16-18).  And then finally he ties all this to assurance of the believer’s salvation (vv. 19-24), which he does by answering three unstated questions that might arise in the believer’s mind:

  1. How Do We Know We Are Saved and Have Assurance?  (v. 19)
  2. How Do We Deal with Our Condemning Hearts?  (vv. 20-21)
  3. What Does God Promise to Those Who Believe?  (vv. 22-24)
  • He promises to answer our requests  (v. 22)
  • He promises to command  (v. 23)
  • He promises to remain  (v. 24a)
  • He promises His Spirit  (v. 24b)

Download the rest of this sermon on 1 John 3:19-24.

The audio is posted on the GBC website.

One thought on “Sermon: Love One Another (Pt. 3)

  1. A Wonderful message Pastor. Took many notes of what I heard from the pulpit this morning.

    On assurance- in deed and truth- Our assurance goes from cognizant function to an experiential relationship with Christ (The Truth) and a becoming His hands, His feet, His basin and towel; functionally the Body of Christ.(in deed)
    On condemnation- Our hearts are struck with an empty longing (good guilt) for more of Him; His Peace, His Love, His Joy, His Life. “Looking out of self and up” we behold the Glory of God in the face of Jesus that lifts our countenance in realization of Amazing Grace given us. We thus cry: Grace, Grace to the headstone for it is not by force or power but by My Spirit – The Lord. ZECH 4: 6-7
    On answer to our requests – This becomes a natural consequence of God’s supernatural intervention in our lives. – For we know not what to ask for ROM 8:26
    On fulfilment of His command – He who began His good work will perfect it in us – PHIL 1:6 fulfilling all His good purpose in and through us.
    On His promise to remain – We are engrafted to the True Vine so apart from Him we cannot live.

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