Outline and Audio Sermons:
Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.
[So far in 1 John we have discovered that there is:]
[A Conversion To Choose – To be
a Christian one must be born again, saved.]
[A Communion To Cherish – Sweet
Fellowship with God and Christians]
[A Cleansing to Receive – The
Amazing Forgiveness of God. The
cleansing blood of Christ.]
[A Commandment To Keep – The
Honor of Obeying Our Lord!]
[A Compassion To Develop – His
Unconditional and Incomprehensible Love in us.]
[A Character to Develop –
To develop and live out the Character of our Lord Jesus Christ in our world.
This is to master this Christian life.]
[A Compassion To Show –
We will live out the Love of Christ in our daily lives.]
[Our text now turns to an incredibly revealing reality for every born again
believer. The work of the
presence of God in our heart and life.
You might call this the work of the Holy Spirit within us.
Others may call this the work of the presence of Christ within us.
All are correct and are the same basic thing.
This is the work of God within the born again believer.
This work is spiritual, it is real, and dynamic.]
[A great book for Christians to read is “The Spiritual Man” by Watchman Nee.
This book speaks of the Spiritual Life every Christian ought to live
out, and the things we Christians often substitute for this Spiritual Life.]
[You MUST understand that the lost world around us can never know the
spiritual reality of a true relationship with God.
Only born again Christians can know a true spiritual relationship
with God. There are many in our
world who are religious, call themselves Christian and yet are not truly
saved and cannot know a true spiritual connection to God.
They can have spiritual experiences for there are many spirits at
work in our world. For this
reason the Word of God states,]
[1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of
God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. ]
[Folks, the devil and his demons will try to convince you that they are
God’s agents and will try to deceive you with great spiritual and emotional
power. Therefore, we must be
careful that we are experiencing, hearing, and responding to only the Holy
Spirit of God; which really isn’t that difficult to do.]
[The truth of our text is that God made us to be physical, emotional, and
spiritual beings and as born again Christians we need to respond to the Holy
Spirit of God who is within us.]
[If you want to have confidence in your spiritual walk and in your
salvation, then you need to grow spiritually and develop your spiritual
walk. There is no greater
spiritual confidence for a Christian than to have a real communion with
their Lord Jesus Christ.]
[Notice in our text,]
Our Spiritual Connection (vs 20, 24) [–
For if our heart condemn us, . . .]
[1 John 3:24
And he that keepeth his commandments
dwelleth in him,
and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us,
by the Spirit which
he hath given us.]
[To fully comprehend this text we need to know a little bit about who we are
Body, Soul, and Spirit. God
created all of us with a Body, Soul, and Spirit.]
[Spiritual Man Chart – The Lost Man]
[Body – Our Physical Body]
[Soul – Is our life entity.
Our Soul consists of our Volition/Will, Mind/Knowledge, and our
[Spirit – Is our capacity for
fellowship with the spiritual realm.
Our spirit was meant to give us communion with God.]
[For the Lost Man – The Soul,
Spirit, and Body all exist below the mortal plane.
The spirit of the individual is often misunderstood and is often
thought of the same way as one’s soul.
In most people, there is little communion with the spirit, and the
spirit seems like the same thing as one’s soul.
The Holy Spirit reaches beyond the mortal plane to prick the hearts
of men that they might come to God and be saved and eternally transformed.]
[For the Saved/Born Again Believer
– The Spirit is Quickened, or made alive/brought to life, and has the
potential of sweet communion with God.
It is our spirit that arises to know the presence of our Lord within
us. Not all Born again
Christians realize the reality of what has happened in them at the moment of
their salvation and in their minds they respond to their new spiritual life
as they did in their lost condition and have no real communion with God;
These are carnal Christians.
However, every Christian has the potential to be in full communion
with our Lord Jesus Christ and to rise up into this new spiritual reality.]
[What a glorious and vibrant spiritual life we live when we are in sweet
spiritual communion with our Lord Jesus Christ.]
[About our Spiritual Communion,]
The Core of Spiritual Communion (vs 20) [–
. . - Spiritual Communion
with our Lord takes place in the heart.
It is not a physical, audible connection.
This spiritual connection is referred to in the Bible as
A Still Small Voice
(1 Kings 19.12). While it is a
still small voice, because it is the voice of God, it is an
Communion with God takes place in the heart of the Christian.]
[Because this Spiritual Communion takes place in the heart it can easily
[Ignored – When God speaks to
you in your intuition, many do not realize that they are being touched in
their spirit by God and will block out that glorious communion.
I think many just do not know what to think of do with spiritual
communion. It’s so mysterious
and to the lost natural world seems psychological or crazy.]
[Rejected – Others hear God
speak to them in their spirit and because God is pointing out something that
He wishes for His child to change in their life, through conviction, they
choose to reject the spiritual direction they are receiving and break off
their communion with their Lord.]
[Obeyed – Obedience to the
Spiritual voice of God within a Child of God brings glorious fellowship with
God and growing spirituality within the Christian.]
The Conviction of Spiritual Communion (vs 20)
[- For if our heart
condemn us, .
. . – Clearly, spiritual communion with God will bring deep conviction
within the heart of the born again Christian; especially when this
connection is first established.]
[Because a new relationship with a Holy God has been established.
Many Christians, especially when they are first saved, come under
deep conviction and don’t really know what to do with this deep conviction
or how to respond to it. They
will feel very low and unworthy of God and will often begin to draw back and
remove themselves from this communion with God.]
[You need to understand that God is not trying to drive you away from Him,
He is trying to draw you closer to Him.
Our Lord Jesus Christ wants to have a sweeter, growing communion with
there is nothing in
this world better than a deep spiritual walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.]
[This conviction is the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ working in your
[Many people who have been Christians for a long time will feel conviction,
but because they did not know what this conviction was when they first
experienced it and did not know how to respond to such conviction they block
it out. How should we respond
to the work of God in our heart and spirit?
With surrender and
rejoicing. If God is
bringing conviction in your spirit, my friend this is a wonderful thing.
For God is molding you and growing you.
The Confidence of Spiritual Communion (vs 20-21) [–
For if our heart condemn us,
God is greater than
our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us
then have we
confidence toward God.
– Christian if you will realize that the conviction that you feel in your
heart is God working through the communion that you have with Him in your
Spirit, and if you will place your trust in God that whatever He is doing in
you and through you will be GOOD and GLORIOUS and will surrender to God’s
work in you, then you will overcome that conviction with
[Now, what do you want to experience in your spiritual walk?
Conviction or Confidence?]
[Of course the answer is confidence!]
[No one wants to live their life under constant conviction.
God does not what constant conviction to reign in your life.]
[What do you think would bring conviction into your life?
Rebellion or the rejection of God’s work in you will
bring God’s constant conviction into your life.]
[So, what must a Christian do to move from conviction to confidence?]
[We must recognize God’s love in His
conviction – God loves us enough to be working in us and on us.]
[We must trust God’s wisdom in His conviction
– Our loving Lord knows what is really best for us.]
[We must surrender to God’s will in
His conviction – Allowing ourselves to be transformed for God’s glory.]
[Illustration - There was a
woman who attended Church here for a long period of time.
One Sunday she just stopped attending.
Folks from the Church tried to contact her to no avail.
I, the pastor, tried to visit her numerous times; she would not
answer her door. Finally, a
lady in the Church told me she stopped coming to Church because she felt
deeply convicted every time she left our services.
I believe, she simply did not understand how the Spirit of God works
in our hearts and spirit.]
[Folks, deep Spiritual conviction is meant to bring transformation and great
confidence into the life of a born again Christian.]
[A lost person coming to Church will often feel deep spiritual conviction.
That conviction is meant to bring
them to the new birth and salvation.]
[The principle of our text is Born again Christians have a Spiritual
Communion with our Lord Jesus Christ.]
Our Spiritual Communication (vs 22) [–
And whatsoever we
ask, we receive of him,
because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in
– What do Christians call spiritual
communication with God? We call
Because we are born again, and have a new Spiritual Communion with
God we also have the
of being able to communicate with God.
We can and must pray.]
[Also, if we have come to realize that the conviction we experience in our
Spirit is our loving Lord at work within us, and we have learned to trust
and yield to His glorious work with in us, we will have great power and
success in our prayers. Notice,
our text says]
[And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him,
. . .]
[Christian, how is your prayer life?
How is your success in prayer?]
[The reason many Christian don’t have much success in prayer is because they
mistakenly think that prayer is our way of getting what we want from God.
This is wrong.]
[Notice in our text that before we begin asking we must be in touch with the
Spirit of God who is in us.]
[The greatest truth about prayer is that we must first get in touch with
heaven, discover what the God who is the Lord of all creation wants, and
then pray back to Him what His will is already.]
[If we are spiritually in touch with God, and know what His will is, then we
can ask our Lord to do what He already intends to do with great confidence.]
Our Spiritual Commitment (vs 22-24)
[- And whatsoever we ask, we receive
because we keep his
commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his
sight. 23And this is his commandment, That we should believe on
the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us
And he that keepeth
his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. . . .
– A child of God who is truly in touch with God will completely desire to
obey God. A spiritual Christian
will have no problem obeying God.
There may be times when we are not sure what God’s will is and must
wait for our Lord to make His will clearly known.
Regardless a spiritual Christian will want to obey God.]
[Secondly, our text is telling us that we will know that we truly dwell in
our Lord and He dwells in us because of our desire to obey him.]
[A person that can easily find every reason why he should enter into sin,
reveals that the Lord who is repulsed by sin is not in him at all.]
Our Spiritual Conclusion (vs 24)
. . . And hereby we
know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
– Folks, if you want to know
that you know that you really belong to the Lord Jesus Christ you just need
to ask yourself whether or not you know the sweet communion of the Lord
Jesus Christ in your Spirit. If
the Holy Spirit of God is in you and at work, then you know you belong to
our Lord Jesus Christ.]
CrossRoads Baptist, Sunday, June 7, 2015
These are well done and interesting pictorials of the above charts drawn by
one of the young adults in our Church.
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