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How To Deal With Doubts - Part 2
1 John 5:9-13


II. Trust God's Son (vs. 9b-12)

So first we trust the Scriptures (See Part 1). Next we trust the Son these Scriptures reveal. Verse 9 continues, "It is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son." Trust God's word, and trust God's Son.

A. Historians say you can.

"Ancient Roman and Jewish scholars such as Thallus the Samaritan, Pliny the Younger, Seutonius, Mara bar Serapion, Tacitus, and Flavius Josephus tell us that Jesus lived, died at the hands of Pontius Pilate, was believed by the first Christians to be raised, and was worshiped as God. Historians say you can trust in God's Son.


B. Former skeptics say you can.

"C. S. Lewis, the brilliant atheistic literature professor who became the most important popular Christian writer of the twentieth century;

"Cyril Joad, the atheistic philosopher, converted by the truth of the Christian faith;

"Sir William Ramsey, the brilliant archaeologist, converted by examining the historical truth of Scripture;

"Josh McDowell, an intellectual skeptic who was changed by the truth of Jesus and now convinces crowds around the world. Former skeptics say you can trust in God's Son.


C. You can experience him for yourself, right now.

Verse 11 promises that you can have "eternal life" by meeting Jesus. John 3:36 makes the same claim: "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life." Whoever=anyone, no matter who you are, what you've done, or where you've been. Anyone.

And verse 13 promises that you can know that you have this life. If we were to translate the Greek literally, it would read, "We can actually and with full assurance know intellectually and personally that we have eternal life."

This phrase does not mean that we gradually grow into assurance, but that we can possess here and now a present certainty of the life we have already received in Jesus. You don't need to wonder if Jesus is real and your salvation secure -- you can ask Him for yourself, and meet with Him personally, right now. Need help doing so? Please let me know; I would be honored to help you.

Next time we'll cosider the relationship of faith to doubts.





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