1 John 5:4-5 / Victorious Faith (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on July 5, 2014

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This is the twentieth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of 1 John. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of June 29, 2014. This message explores the victory that comes through faith in Christ, with special attention paid to the Biblical definition of faith. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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1 Jon 5_4-5

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1 John 5:4-5

v.4:
“Whatever is born of God”
“the victory. . . our faith”

Saving faith is the necessary prerequisite to victory.

True faith can bring victory, because true Biblical faith is real. True Biblical faith is based on the Word of God, and rooted in Jesus Christ.

A pie in the sky hope cannot bring victory, but a substantial faith can, and Biblical faith is substantial.

Hebrews 11:1

  • Faith = what can be believed, a state of certainty with regard to belief.
  • Substance = confidence, being sure (It carries a sense of reality or assurance)
  • hope = a trusting, confident hope, an expectation (denotes a certainty).
  • Evidence = proof

This teaches us that faith provides the reality and proof of things which we can’t see directly.

Faith is being sure and certain about unseen hopes and realities.

The validity of Christian faith does not rest on either our sincerity or our fervency. Christian faith stands or falls on the truth that the Word of God reveals.

True Bible faith is not blind optimism or a manufactured “hope-so” feeling. Neither is it an intellectual acknowledgment of a doctrine. It is certainly not believing in spite of evidence! That would be superstition.

Faith is more than conviction of the reality of the facts that God has unveiled. Faith also exists as response to those facts.

The Scripture makes it clear: “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (v. 6).

True Bible faith is confident obedience to God’s Word in spite of circumstances and consequences.

This faith operates quite simply. God speaks and we hear His Word. We trust His Word and act on it no matter what the circumstances are or what the consequences may be.

The circumstances may be impossible, and the consequences frightening and unknown; but we obey God’s Word just the same and believe Him to do what is right and what is best.

When we are willing to accept as fact what God’s Word says, and in response reach out to seek and to experience relationship with Him, then we have begun to live by faith. And then we will be rewarded.

Faith is extremely important:

Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6)

Habakkuk 2:4

“His faith” = the reality of God

Faith brings salvation:

Acts 11:24

Barnabus’ faith helped others to come to Christ.

Ephesians 2:8

Faith is essential for protection:

Ephesians 6:16

2 Corinthians 1:24

2 Corinthians 5:7

1 Timothy 6:11-12

v.5:
Faith is the victory that has overcome the world, because our faith is real, substantial and provable. It is based on the reality of Christ, and He has overcome the world.

John 16:33

Therefore, when we are in Christ, we are in Him who has overcome the world.

Our ability to partake in His victory, is due to faith.

A note about victory:

  • Victory does not mean that we will prosper financially, or that we can speak ourselves into prosperity.
  • Victory does not mean that we won’t get sick, or that we can speak our illnesses away.
  • Victory does not mean that we will not have difficult times.
  • Victory does not mean that we won’t get persecuted.
  • Victory does not mean that bad things will not happen.
  • Victory does not mean that we won’t lose some battles.
  • Victory means that we will win the war. (i.e. the U.S. has won many wars, but in the process we suffered many losses and lost many battles.)
  • Victory means that ultimately sin will be defeated.
  • Victory means that throughout the toils and hardships of this war, we have the protection, provision and comfort of the Almighty God, King of Kings, and Lord of Hosts.

In our victory, we will ultimately gain eternal life in the presence and image of Christ Himself!

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