1 John 5:1-5 Part 2 - A Test That Get's To The Heart Of The Worship

Our text this morning is 1 John 5:1-5,

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. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Last week as we looked at this text we focused on two things. First we looked at the fact that everyone is to use this test to determine if they are born again. There are many tests that people may try to use but they only provide a false hope.

  • Some hope in the fact that they have prayed a prayer one time,

  • or that they have been baptized,

  • or that they attend church, or they trust that they are a ‘good person’.

To keep people from trusting in such things John gives a test that everyone should use.

Secondly, we looked at what this test was. John says that ‘everyone who is born-again will consistently reflect a proper love, a proper belief and a proper obedience which overcomes this world’.

As we begin today I would like to consider the words of Dr. Douglas O’Donnell. He says, “Christian faith has Christ as its object, God as its author, and Spirit empowered love and obedience as its effects.” Dr. Peter Barnes says it in a similar way, “The biblical message is that true, Spirit-given faith has life, and so it works.

If we can appreciate the fact that the LORD is at work in those who pass this test we will also be able to say with David in Psalm 9:1-2, “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

The person who can take this test and then declare words such as these is profoundly different than the person who would use a different test and then confidently says, “I am saved because I attend church, because I was baptized, because I am a good person.

Community Church, may we never say that our hope is in what we have done. Rather, we ought to say with David, “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of His wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in Him; and I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”

Let me make one more observation about David’s words. In a sense, David speaks of loving God with all of his heart, mind, soul and strength.

  • He gives thanks with his whole heart.

  • He recounts (considers and remembers) all His wonderful deeds

  • He is glad, exults, and sings praise to the LORD Most High