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This week we continue our series "1 John: Eyewitness to the Eternal." Pastor Tim Osborn speaks to us from 1 John 2:18-27 and 4:1-6 for his talk titled "Tests for Truth."
God tests the Christian. In fact, according to the apostle James, all of life is a test or trial. Abraham is repeatedly referenced in the New Testament as the example of saving faith. As Genesis 22 begins, Moses tells us that God tested Abraham. While this is the only time Moses tells us that God tested Abraham, this does not mean that this was the only test Abraham endured. We should see it as the culmination of his pilgrimage of faith in and with God. It was a test that was on God's terms; God determined all of what the test would entail. Abraham passed the test, and reveals to us how one who is truly faithful to God passes God's test--by obeying God's commands and thinking according to God's character and conduct. Abraham was enabled to obey God's commands and think according to God's character and conduct because God brought his word to Abraham making promises to Abraham and then provding for Abraham throughout Abraham's life. In all this we see the character of the Christian faith and true Christian life.
The normal christian life is one of trials, tests, and temptations
Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1-15, John 6:1-21 In John 6, Jesus tests his disciples to prepare them and their faith for the challenges that only Jesus knew were to come. Philip, one of Jesus' disciples became overwhelmed, while Andrew kept his composure and offered up a possible solution. Don't be overwhelmed by circumstances, put what resources you have into Jesus' hands and he will multiply it. However, God doesn't want us to just pass the tests, He wants us to be on the Honor Roll. Pass the test so that the grace of God will pour into your life.
Norman Barr looks at the tests of a person's Christian faith from 1 John 2
It's been said that if you have a problem that can be solved by writing a check, then you really don't have a problem. There is some truth in this. There are some problems that money can never take away. If we don't have any of these we should be thankful. The problem is, we usually aren't. Why is that? It has to do with our tendency to become overly focused on our problems to the exclusion of seeing the world objectively. Luke 10:38ff; 2Cor 12:7ff; Php 3:4-9; 2 Cor 12; 2 Cor 11:22ff; 1Cor 13
Many tragic events unfold in our world that can cause us to question God. Does he see? Does he care? Does he even exist? These questions are understandable. But the Bible does have an answer. Yes, God sees. Yes, he cares. Yes, he has a plan. Just as God was aware of Israel's plight in Egypt and was moving them toward freedom, so he continues to be involved in our affairs—moving history toward the fulfillment of his plan. Job 23:1-9; Ex 1:6-16; Ex 3:7-10; Gen 15:12-16; Rev 13:5-10, 14-17; Matt 13:36-43; Rev 21-22; 1Pet 4:7-11
James tells us to count it all joy when we face trials of many kinds, but the truth is we don't want to. Most of us see trials as something inflicted by Satan to be avoided at all costs. To be sure, Satan is involved in some trials. However, some trials are tests sent by God. God uses them to reveal what's in our hearts in order that we might grow and progress in our faith. No Christian matures without them. They are a form of God's grace. Jas 1:2-4; Gen 22:1-13; Gen 25:27-34; 1Pet 1:3-7; Gen 22; Jud 2:20-23; 1John 1:5; Jer 17:10; Heb 2:10; Rev 2