Knowing Whether You Have Eternal Life
- Date: July 16, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.” (1 John 3:14)
- From No Greater Love
The Scripture makes it clear. There is an intimacy that the Holy Spirit mandates in His church, and there's a love in this intimacy that He mandates in His church. We cannot have anybody in the church, the body of Christ, that to us is insignificant, on the fringe, but we're to love as we've been loved.
1 John speaks toward this; and it's an interesting thing. I'd like you to look at a couple of passages. Let's begin at 1 John, Chapter 3, verse 14. He talks about the way the world is going to respond to us, and if we're living by the Spirit of God, if we're living a life of holiness, he said you've got to realize this: that the world is going to hate you. [Verse 13] The world is going to hate you. The world's system is going to hate you.
He says in verse 11 that "…this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another." He's referring back to the teaching of Jesus. Jesus' mandate: "This is my commandment, [John 15, verse 12] That ye love one another…" The mandate, the message that Jesus brought to us, because God so loved the world. He was the sacrifice that was given for us. He was the expression of the love of God. He showed us that no greater love has any man than this, that he would lay his life down for his friends [John 15:13], and then He exhibited that.
Now He's commanding us to lay our lives down for one another. That life as we know, the word "life" there is speaking of the soul. "No greater love has any man than this, that he would lay his psuchē down." The soul is comprised of emotion, intellect, and will. Isn't it interesting? He's telling us to lay our will down, and prefer others and their will when there's conflict. He's saying lay your intellect down. We look, and we observe things, and we make opinions about everybody and how they do stuff. We think they ought to cut their hair this way, and we think they ought to cut their lawn this way, and we think they ought to cut their hems this way. He says, "I want you bound in the Spirit." Lay aside all of these natural preferences that you would have-your will, your psyche, what you think and know is right-and instead, forbear one another and love one another. I'm not talking about tolerating sin. I'm talking about dying to our own preferences, dying to our own ambitions. I'm talking about dying to our own overestimation of self and just seek others' good.
He goes on and he says in this third chapter [verse 13], "Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you." Verse 14, "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death." Okay, that's a mouth full, isn't it? We're talking about knowing whether we have passed from death unto life. We know that we have passed from death to life when we love the brethren. Let's say it another way. We know that we have passed from death unto life when we don't overvalue ourselves and we don't undervalue others. We know that we have passed from death unto life when our desire is to prefer others better than ourselves. So it's not about preaching. It's not about how many Bible verses you can quote. It's about whether we can love the unlovely. It's about how intimate we become as the body of Christ. A murdering spirit is loving less-those that are around us-its loving less than God loves them. So that's how we start evaluating ourselves, and it becomes a different standard, doesn't it?