In the previous lesson we studied 13 reasons why the true believer is eternally safe and secure in Christ forever! Does the Bible teach that a true believer can lose his salvation and be lost (John 6:37-40)? ______ If you are a true believer in Christ, are you really safe and secure in Christ forever (John 10:28)? _____________
It is vitally important not only to KNOW that I am saved, but also to SHOW that I am saved. If I really have Gods LIFE then that LIFE ought to be manifested and demonstrated. I need to remember that there is something that every true believer possesses:
"He that believeth on Me hath (has) eternal ___________" (John
"He is passed from death unto ____________" (John 5:24)
"He that hath (has) the Son hath (has) _____________" (1 John 5:12)
Therefore, every true believer possesses L____________. The person who is not a true believer does not have ___________ (1 John 5:12 and compare Eph. 2:1). He is dead. He breathes and exists and walks and eats, but he does not have the ___________ of _______ (Ephesians 4:18).
Lets think about physical life for a moment. We know that the body without the spirit is _____________ (James 2:26). How did Martha know that her brother Lazarus was truly dead (John 11:39)? ____________________________________________ (decomposition is a sure sign of death!) What did Lazarus do that indicated that he had truly come back to life (John 11:44)? _______________________________________________ If you were to see a person walking, talking, eating and laughing, you would certainly conclude that this person must have physical ___________.
Suppose you had a young child who was only a year old. Suddenly one day you hear your
child falling down the stairs. As you rush to help your child, would you rather hear your
child crying or would you rather hear no sound at all?
If you were to hear your baby crying, then that would be a sure sign that your child is ____________.
As children of God and as possessors of Gods LIFE, there ought to be signs of LIFE. There ought to be certain signs in our life that clearly show that we have been born of God. We want to study what these signs are and we want to test ourselves to see if these signs are really present in our lives. The Bible says, "__________________ [test] yourselves, whether ye be in the _____________" (2 Cor. 13:5). Are you really in the ______________ (2 Cor.13:5)? Have you really ______________________ on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31)? _______ Have you really passed from _____________ unto __________ (John 5:24)? Have you really been S____________ by G_____________ through F____________ (Eph. 2:8)? Have you really C___________ to Christ as a poor, helpless, hopeless, lost sinner (John 6:37)? Have you truly R___________________ Him (John 1:12)?
We are now going to go to the Bible and look at certain signs of life or characteristics that ought to be true of every believer. If these things do not characterize your life, then this means one of two things: 1) You are spiritually sick. That is, you are a true believer who is very carnal and in a backslidden state (1 Cor. 3:1-4). You need to get right with God. 2) You are spiritually dead. That is, you are not a true believer and you dont have Gods life. You may have professed salvation but you may never have possessed salvation. You need to receive Christ as your personal Saviour and trust in Him and Him alone (John 1:12; 6:47).
It sounds so very obvious! A true believer believes! If you dont believe, you are
not a true believer! Read 1 John 5:9. This verse compares the witness (testimony) of
_________ with the witness (testimony) of ________. We usually receive the testimony of men.
We usually believe what men tell us. Do men lie most of the time or do men
generally tell the truth most of the time? Even liars tell the truth most of the
time because if they lied all the time no one would ever believe them (and liars
want people to believe their lies).
When a person tells you something, do you usually say, "I dont believe you.
Youre a liar!"? ______ If you heard on the radio that the President was shot,
would you believe it? ______ Suppose that your doctor told you that you had cancer. Would
you believe him? _______ If your neighbor told you that your car had a flat tire, would
you believe him enough to check it out? ______ Do we usually receive the testimony of men
(1 John 5:9)? _______
Whose testimony is even greater than that of men (1 John 5:9)? ________ Most of the time men tell the truth, but do they always? _____ According to Titus 1:2 and Hebrews 6:18, why is the testimony of God greater? ________________________________________________________________. If we normally believe what men tell us, how much more should we believe _______________________________________. If we take men at their word, how much more should we ______________________________________.
When a person does not believe the testimony of God, what does he make God (1 John 5:10)? ___________________ But the person who is a true believer is able to say, "Lord, You are a God of _______________ (Deut. 32:4) and the Bible is ______________ (John 17:17) and therefore I know that everything You say in Your Word must be ___________." The record (testimony, witness) that God gave concerning His Son is found in 1 John 5:11-12. What did God give to us (1 John 5:11)? ___________________________________ Is eternal life a free gift or is it something we must work for (compare Rom. 6:23)?_____________________________ Where is this gift found (1 John 5:11)? _____________________________ According to 1 John 5:12, the person who has the _________ has _________ and the person who does not have __________________ does not have _________. The person who believes Gods testimony concerning His Son is able to say, "Lord, I believe that eternal life is a free G_________ and this life is found only in Your S________ , and because I have R___________________ Christ (John 1:12) as my personal Saviour, I now K______________(1 John 5:13) that I have eternal _________________."
Some people claim to believe in Jesus, but they have problems believing the Word of God. Their real problem is that of UNBELIEF (read Luke 24:25-27; Matt. 22:29). Lets examine some of their problems:
1) Some might say, "I believe in Jesus but I dont believe the Bible."
But Jesus said that Gods Word is___________________ (John 17:17) and the Scriptures cannot be _______________ (John 10:35) and all things that are written in the Scriptures must be ___________________ (Luke 24:44) including every jot and every______________ (Matt. 5:18)! Did Jesus believe the Bible? ____________ What these people are really saying is this: "I believe in Jesus but I believe that Jesus was wrong when He said that the Bible is truth." Is it possible for the Son of God to be wrong? _________ Therefore this is what the believer should say, "I believe in Jesus and because I believe in Jesus I also believe ________________________________."
2) Some might say, "I believe in Jesus but I dont believe what Paul wrote."
But Paul said, "For this we say unto you by ______ _____________ ____ _________ ____________" (1 Thess. 4:15; compare John 16:12-13). "If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the ______________________________ ______ _________ __________________" (1 Cor. 14:37).
"Now we command you, brethren, in the _______________ _____ _________ _____________ ______________ __________________" (2 Thess. 3:6). Did Peter recognize Pauls letters as being "scripture" (2 Peter 3:15-16)?_______ Therefore, the believer should say, "I believe in Jesus and I also believe what ____________ wrote because Paul was an ____________________ of ______________ ________________ (Galatians 1:1) and his writings are God-breathed (2 Tim. 3:16) just as all the rest of the Bible."
3) Some might say, "I believe in Jesus but I dont believe in Adam and Eve."
But Jesus said, "Have ye not read that He who made them at the ______________________ made them ____________ and ________________" (Matt.19:4; compare Gen. 1:27). Did Jesus believe in the Genesis account of creation?___________ Was Jesus an evolutionist or a creationist? ______________________ What these people are really saying is this: "I believe in Jesus but I believe that Jesus was wrong when He taught that Adam and Eve were created in the beginning." Should we believe in a God who can be wrong? ______ Our answer is this: "Because I believe in Jesus I also believe ____________________________________."
4) Some might say, "I believe in Jesus but I dont believe in Moses and I dont believe what Moses wrote, in fact, I dont even believe Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible."
But Jesus said, "For had ye believed _____________________, ye would have believed _____; for he (Moses) wrote of _______. But if ye do not believe his writings, how shall ye believe _____ ___________ (John 5:46-47)?" Did the Lord Jesus believe that Moses wrote the book of Exodus (compare Mark 12:26 with Exodus 3:6)? ___________ Read Matthew 4:4,7,10 and compare this with Deuteronomy 8:3; 6:16; 6:13. To defeat Satan the Lord Jesus quoted three times from what Old Testament book (Deut. 1:1)? ________________________ Did the Lord consider the books of Moses important and worthy of belief (Luke 24:25-27)? _________ Did the Lord consider the books of Moses as part of the Scriptures (Luke 24: 44-45)? _______ Even the psalmist said, "Thy word is ___________ from ______ _____________________ (Psalm 119:160). Therefore the believer should say, "Because I believe in Jesus, I also believe what __________ wrote."
5) Some might say, "I believe in Jesus but I dont believe in a universal flood that covered the whole world in the days of Noah."
But Jesus said, "They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that __________ entered into the _______ and the _____________ came, and ________________ them all" (Luke 17:27). Did Jesus believe in Noah and the ark and the flood?__________
What these people are really saying is this: "I believe in Jesus, but I believe that Jesus was mistaken when He taught about Noah. Jesus didnt realize that Noah and the flood is just a story and never really happened." Should we put our faith in a God who can make mistakes?_______ Therefore the believer should say, "Because I believe in Jesus I also believe in a world-wide ________________ that destroyed the world in the days of _____________."
6) Some might say, "I believe in Jesus but I dont believe Daniel really wrote the book of Daniel."
But Jesus said, "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation (Daniel 9:27) spoken of by _______________ the _____________________" (Matthew 24:15). Did Jesus believe that we should read and understand the book of Daniel (Matt. 24:15)? ________ Did Jesus believe that Daniel wrote the book of Daniel? ______ Therefore, the believer should say, "Because I believe in Jesus I also believe that _______________wrote the book of ________________."
7) Some might say, "I believe in Jesus but I cannot believe that Jonah was really swallowed by a great fish."
But Jesus said, "Jonah was three days and three nights in the _____________ _________" (Matthew 12:40; compare Jonah 1:17). Therefore, the believer should say, "Because I believe in Jesus I also believe that ___________________ was really in the belly of a great fish. Jesus said it! That settles it! And I believe it!"
A person who is truly saved believes the testimony of God! He believes all of Gods Word including the letters of Paul, the books of Moses, the prophecy of Daniel and the book of Jonah. Are you a Bible believer? Do you believe the Word of God? Do you believe the testimony that God has given concerning His Son (1 John 5:9-12)? "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith."