[The whole context of
the book of first John has focused us upon the evidences of life or the marks of
the new birth as evidenced in the life of spiritual Christians.
Through this study we have discovered,]
[A Communion To Cherish – Our common ground in Christ.]
[A Covenant To Proclaim – The glory of the gospel]
[A Cleansing To Receive – The forgiveness of sins]
[A Commandment To Keep – Obey God’s Word and will]
[A Compassion To Show – The Fact of God’s love, the Characteristics of God’s
love, The Presence In God’s Love]
[A Caution To Heed – Love not the world and its things]
[A Character To Develop – Be conformed to His image]
[A Confidence To Hold – Defeating Doubt]
[A Confusion To Face – Spiritual Warfare]
[A Companion Within – The presence of Christ in us.]
[However, when we
look out at those who call themselves Christians, especially in our contemporary
culture, we discover confusion. The
lives of many are far from the kind of sacrificial, sanctified, separated, and
singular lives described throughout this book of the Bible.
What should we think about the sexual promiscuity and immorality within
the Church? What should we think about
homosexuality within the Church?
What should born again Christians think about sin and iniquity of all types
within the Church? ]
[The Apostle John
concludes this book of the Bible with a stern and clarifying discourse.]
Notice In This Text,
The Will of God and its Rewards (vs 14-15)
[- There are dynamic, life
changing, and desirable rewards given to God’s people when they are in God’s
will. The most powerful is the
distinct privilege and power of prayer.]
[Sidlow Bacxter once
said, “Men may spurn our appeals,
reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons--but they are
helpless against our prayers.” ]
[Samuel Chadwick once
said, “The one concern of the devil
is to keep Christians from praying.
He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion.
He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”]
[The Apostle John reminds us of,]
The Acceptance Of Our Petitions (vs 14) [-
And this is the confidence that we
have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: -
Here we have one of the greatest and most incredible promises concerning
prayer. Anything we pray, as God’s
redeemed, and within our Heavenly Father’s will receives a guaranteed hearing.
Cameron Thompson once wrote,]
[God has a
shorless ocean of response to the feeblest whisper of the faintest saint, if it
be but from a heart contrite and cleansed, and if it be but in utter dependence
on the resistless name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” ]
their petitions and intercessions will, with certainty, be heard by their
Heavenly Father, ought to drive each and every Christians to be instantly in
prayer. What ever the desperate
need, no matter the decision being made, God’s people ought to be quick to
appeal to their Heavenly Fathers wisdom and will.]
The Access Of Our Petitions (vs 15) [-
And if we know that he hear us,
whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
– The Apostle also reminds us that our Heavenly Father is benevolent and pours
His provision upon us. When
we pray in God’s will we not only know
that God hears us but we also know that He gives to us.
Hence there is an incredible power afforded God’s people through the
blessing of prayer.]
Prayers - But many a Christian has lost all their confidence in prayer
because they do not know the reality of powerful answers to their prayers.
These Christians are not given instantly to prayer, because in their mind
prayer really doesn’t make much of a difference.
EM Bounds once wrote,]
["Child of God,
can you pray? Are your prayers
answered? If not, why not?
Answered prayer is the proof of
["To pray and
receive clear answers, not once or twice, but daily this is the sure test, and
is the gracious point of our vital connection with Jesus Christ."]
Apostle John brings us to his next point in his discourse,]
A Waywardness From God And Its
Consequences (vs 16-17) [-
Christians who do not see answers to their prayer are either asking for things
contrary to the will of God or have a broken fellowship with God.
In these cases the apostle John notes,]
The Gravity of Sin (vs 16-17; Gal 1.4; 1
John 4.10; 3.5; Heb
12.4-13) [- If any man see his
brother sin a sin which is not
unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto
death. . . .
All unrighteousness is
sin: and there is a sin
not unto death. – Every child of God needs to understand the gravity of all
sin. The Apostle John does not
hesitate to note that all unrighteousness is sin.
There are no little sins with God.
Every sin cost our Lord Jesus Christ dearly.
The Bible reminds us,]
Who gave himself for our
sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world,
according to the will of God and our Father: ]
[1 John 4:10
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and
sent his Son to be
the propitiation for our
[Jesus, God’s only begotten son, took the penalty for
your sins upon Himself and suffered for your sins.
In suffering for your sins His goal is to take away your sins.]
[1 John 3:5
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in
him is no sin. ]
[Jesus did not suffer for your sins so that you could
just go ahead and keep on sinning.
He suffered for your sins so that He might save you and so that you might begin
living in a newness of life.]
[Therefore, when you sin as a Christian God will
chastise you, ]
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood,
striving against sin. 5 And ye have
forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son,
despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of
him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he
chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth
with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement,
whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our
flesh which corrected us, and
we gave them reverence: shall
we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days
chastened us after their own
pleasure; but he for our
profit, that we might be
partakers of his holiness. 11 Now
no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless
afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are
exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore
lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your
feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be
[Granted, the word chastisement is not a pretty word.
We the people don’t like the idea of being chastised. But the fact is
when we need to be corrected we need to be corrected, and our Heavenly Father
openly declares that he will correct us.
Why? Because the blood of
our Lord Jesus Christ is too valuable to trample under foot and our Heavenly
Father loves us too much to leave us on the road to ruin.]
[The Forms Of
[Our Heavenly Father correcting hand takes on a series
of progressively sterner chastisements designed to bring us to repentance and
renewal. These include,
Conviction – The Holy Spirit will move within the child of God bringing deep
conviction in hopes that the great love of their Heavenly Father combined with
His deep disappointment will bring the Christian to repentance.
[Directing Counsel – Our Heavenly Father will seek to speak to his
rebellious child through His Word and His servants with the intention of
bringing the sinning Christian to repentance.]
[Determined Causes – Our Heavenly Father is seen often in Scripture bringing
storms, pestilences, diseases, and many other natural events to bear on those He
is striving to correct. Jonah is an
example of just such a case. This
does not mean that every sickness is the result of rebellious sin, but sin can
Creations – God will sometimes work supernaturally to bring one of His
children into obedience. Again, in
the case of Jonah the Bible states,]
17 Now the LORD
a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three
days and three nights.]
[God prepared a
special whale to swallow Jonah and deliver him to the specified shore.
We know it was a whale because Jesus said it was a whale in Matthew
12.40. Therefore, at times God even
intervenes supernaturally to correct His own.]
- Hence, it is possible for a Child of God to go the way of the prodigal.
But if the prodigal is a child of God they will be under the chastening
hand of God and that individual will be the most miserable person in the World.
A prodigal will be more miserable than the worst lost sinner, because the
hand of God will be moving against them.
Is their Heavenly Father trying to harm them, no, He is trying to correct
them. Their only proper response is
– Someone might be thinking. “I
know someone who accepted Christ as a child and today they are living in open
sin against God and they don’t seem too miserable.”
Hebrews reveals that in such cases these people are not God’s children at
all. They are bastards and not
children. If they really were God’s
children then their lives would be a mess.
The fact that they are happy in sin reveals that they are none of God’s.]
[So what happens if a Christian fails to repent when
God chastens them?]
The Grave of Sin (vs 16; 1 Cor 5.5; Heb
12.5-8) [- . . . There is a sin unto
death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. – They will eventually find
themselves face to face with their Heavenly Father.]
[God’s Three Deadlines – Dr. J. Harold Smith
– Only lost souls can cross
deadlines one and two, a saint cannot cross those.
The third deadline can only be cross by a member of the family of God, a
true born again believer. ]
[Blaspheming the Holy Ghost or committing the
unpardonable sin (Matt 12.31-32; Luke 12.10; Num 16.29-34) –
All that Jesus did He did by the power
of the Holy Spirit, when Jesus healed a man by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When the Pharisees said Jesus healed by the power of Satan they
blasphemed and denied the power of the Holy Spirit.
Murder is forgivable, mass murder is forgivable, insane murder is
forgivable, but blaspheming the Holy Spirit is not forgivable.
This is denying the powerful activity of the Holy Spirit among men.]
[Sinning away your Day of Grace (Prov 29.1;
Gen 6.3; John 12.38-40; 6.44) –
These are those who are friends of the pastor, they attend Church, they know
their Bible, but they are not saved.
These are those in powerful Churches who do not know Christ.
These are greatly evidenced by a lack of appetite for the things of God
and the Word of God. These are
those who refuse to accept the invitation of the Holy Spirit of God when it is
[The Sin unto Death (1 John 5.16; Amos
4.6-12;Eph 4.30; 1 Cor 5.5) – God
knows everything about each and every one of us.
God knows if there is a little hidden pet sin in your heart, God sees it,
and we cannot hide it. If you are a
born again believer and God sees that sin it grieves Him.
We ought never to grieve the Holy Spirit.
Born Again Christians are saved forever, but if sin gets in our heart and
we refuse to confess it, God’s says to Satan “take him.”]
John speaks of the Sin unto death.
The Bible indicates in more than one place that if a child of God, a truly born
again Christian, gets himself bound up in sin and continues in that sin there
will come a point when God will take them out of this world.
This is what the apostle John is referring to.]
about this same event when he warned the
of Corinth about one in
their midst who had his fathers wife (1 Corinthians 5).
Paul sternly rebuked the Church for allowing such sinfulness into the
Church in the first place and in warning the Church wrote,]
5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for
the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the
Lord Jesus. ]
[Without any doubt Paul was referring to the same
chastening truth the apostle John is writing about in our text.]
[Hence, if you are a child of God living in sin expect
your Heavenly Father to correct you, and more sternly so the longer you tarry in
your sin. Even to the point of
taking your life.]
[If you are without any correction, you have more cause
to worry, you are not saved.]
A Walk With God And Its Blessedness (vs
The Protected Christian (vs 18) [-
We know that whosoever is born of God
sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself,
and that wicked one
toucheth him not. –
The late Dr. Jerry Falwell used to
refer to these Christians as the
Indestructible People of
The point is that a child of God can
walk without fear in this life.
Because, until God finishes His purpose for you in this world no one, not even
the Devil himself, can destroy you.]
The Peculiar Christian (vs 19-21) -
And we know that we are of God,
and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
20 And we know that the Son of God is
and hath given us an
understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him
that is true, even in his Son
Jesus Christ. . . . – Yet there will be a distinction that will mark those
that are God’s they will have a
supernatural Illumination and a
A New Relation through Christ. ]
CrossRoads Baptist, Sunday
Evening, Oct 19, 2008