Sunday, 1 December 2013

Proofs of the Pudding


“If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.” (1 John 2:29)
The little book of 1 John provides a treasure trove of “proofs” that demonstrate the reality of the invisible spiritual change brought about by the new birth.
There are two emphases: proofs based on personal experience and proofs based on intellectual awareness.
Here is a short list of proofs we experience:
  • Obedience to God’s commandments (1 John 2:2-5)
  • Experience of God in our lives (1 John 2:13-14)
  • Obvious “antichrists” in the world (1 John 2:18)
  • Worldly ignorance of Christianity (1 John 3:1)
  • Sinners’ ignorance of righteousness (1 John 3:6)
  • Our love for fellow Christians (1 John 3:16-18)
  • The indwelling Holy Spirit (1 John 4:13)
  • Our love for godly behavior (1 John 5:2)
Here are proofs we have intellectual confidence in:
  • The Holy Spirit’s anointing (1 John 2:20)
  • The holiness of Jesus Christ (1 John 2:29)
  • The Father’s love for us (1 John 3:1)
  • Our eternal bodies to be like Christ (1 John 3:2)
  • Hating a brother is like murder (1 John 3:15)
  • Scripture’s message of eternal life (1 John 5:13)
  • Assurance that we belong to God (1 John 5:19)
  • Assurance that Christ has come (1 John 5:20)
These evidences are primarily for the believer—that is, they are intended to assure the believer’s heart and mind of his security in Christ. John’s list is not intended to be complete but only to focus our thoughts on the obvious. When you count your blessings, remember these. 

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