Hope to Stand Upon
“I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” – 1 John 2:12-14
Check out last week’s sermon here.
The warnings in the Word of God are not designed to destroy Christians under the crushing weight of doubt and unbelief. That sentence is only true because of the immeasurable work of Christ on the cross. Praise God!
We can be assured of our unchanging standing before God, in Christ, because:
1. Our sins are forgiven.
Out of kindness, Christ has forgiven our sin debt through His blood (Ephesians 1:7). Thanks be to God we know the name of the one who has done the work on our behalf.
2. We know God.
What a thought to know be known by God. The good news of the gospel does not draw us inward to self-empowerment or praise. The gospel shifts our focus upward to God. Knowing God does not occur without first being known by God. Being known by God is foundational to salvation (Matthew 7:21-23). To love God is to be known by God (1 Corinthians 8:3).
3. We have overcome the evil one.
Through the abiding Word of God in Christians, the Devil is powerless to snatch away the word from us (Mark 4:14-15). Also, God’s Word in us provides true strength leading to victory over any daily temptations that he may attack us with.
All Saints, Stand!
Christians, young to old,
Make haste now to the cross of Christ,
Do not tarry,
For you were purchased at great price,
Let him your sin burdens carry.
For you know Him and He knows you,
In His strength you stand, none can sever,
The Devil, God’s abiding Word slew,
O Praise His name forever.