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Assurance of Saving Faith from 1 John

Posted on October 8, 2019 at 11:10 AM

Head, Heart, & Hands: Assurance of Saving Faith from 1 John

On Sunday, we considered the response of faith of the one leper verses the nine. At the end of the message, I walked through 1 John to examine our faith in light of the Word, whether it be a genuine saving faith or not. I have included those eleven points of examination along with the corresponding passages for you.

Perhaps you can use this not only to look at your faith, but you may have a family member or friend whose faith concerns you and would like to share these passages with them. Maybe even visit with them over a coffee or a meal and talk about genuine saving faith with them. If so, let me encourage you to do so prayerfully, asking them questions rather than making accusations, and trusting God to do the work of conviction where, and if it is needed. Be ready to respond lovingly and truthfully as a messenger of Christ, no matter their response. May God use His Word in our lives and others to bring conviction of sin and assurance of salvation!


Assurance that We Have Saving Faith - We can have assurance of God granting us genuine saving faith by examining the fruit in our lives from the faith we have.

1. Saving Faith Trusts in Christ Alone for Salvation

the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:2-3

2. Saving Faith Acknowledges and Confesses Sin

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9

3. Saving Faith Obeys God’s Word

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. 1 John 2:3-5

4. Saving Faith Does not Love Sin

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 1 John 2:15-16

5. Saving Faith Continues in the Faith

They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. 1 John 2:19

6. Saving Faith Fights Against Indwelling Sin

Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 1 John 3:4-6

7. Saving Faith Loves Fellow Believers

Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 1 John 3:13-14

8. Saving Faith is a Lived out Faith

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18

9. Saving Faith Has the Inward Testimony of the Holy Spirit about the Gospel

By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 1 John 4:14-15

10. Saving faith Loves God

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 1 John 5:1

11. Saving Faith is Victorious over the World

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5

Soli Deo Gloria,

Pastor Chris


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