Some Thoughts on the Relationship between the Believer’s Security in Christ and His Confidence within that Position from 1 John 3:18-21: Introduction

23 Jan


There are few dispositions in life more debilitating than fear or anxiety. There are also few dispositions more dangerous to our personal welfare then misplaced confidence. The concept of the believer’s security in Christ and one’s confidence that he is in Christ are important topics. Sadly, many people go through life with misplaced confidence while others wrestle with unnecessary yet very real and debilitating anxiety. We recently addressed these issues in our church as we continue to work verse by verse through the book of 1 John. As a pastor my heart is heavy as I think of real life situations directly connected to this topic. I think of people who show no evidence of clarity in their understanding of the gospel, yet are stubbornly self-confident to their own destruction. Yet again, others who have professed faith in Christ, yet due to a highly introspective disposition, an untrained conscience, or spiritual immaturity are plagued by anxiety and crippled in their Christian experience.  Neither is good nor necessary, yet both are all to common realities. It is my firm conviction that those in either category desperately need their dispositions, emotions, and daily thoughts to be brought into the light of God’s words. Scripture provides clarity and sheds light into the darkness exposing the true nature of our thoughts and emotions. Let’s study this topic in light of last weeks sermon text: 1 John 3:18-21 “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.”

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