Written to tackle heresy head-on, the epistle of 1 John is an example of pastoral care and love. Covering major themes through the text, Pastor Jason Boothe presents the text, explaining how 1 John is to be understood in light of the "commandment," that we believe on Christ whom God has sent. May God's elect in Christ be blessed and encouraged in their daily walk through these uplifting messages.
February 19, 2016 at 9:14 AM
We are not granted salvation by grace only to obtain assurance by works. Navel gazing, looking within for assurance, takes one's eyes from Christ's finished work while inevitably producing doubt and fear. Afer all, the best deeds of man will always be tainted with sin and unrighteousness. How, then, can we know we have eternal life if "doing one's best" still leaves plenty of room for sin and unrighteousness to creep in on the scene? How can we KNOW we have eternal life? We believe (God's gift of faith working through us by the testimony of the Spirit) the report of the Lord! The sweet and precious Gospel of Christ is glorious news to those who belong to the Lord. It reminds us of what Christ accomplished, fulfilled, forever settled on behalf of his elect people, chosen before the foundation of the world. It is the blessed story of Jesus paying the full price of eternal redemption, making us acceptable to God by Christ's own righteousness imputed unto us!