I. Assurance because we have received the Holy Spirit (4:13). a. We can â€śknow.â€ť b. We have the Spirit. c. We abide in Him and He in us.
II. Assurance because of apostolic testimony (4:14). a. John is saying that we can have assurance because they personally saw Jesus, and testify to His deity. b. Jesus is â€śThe Savior of the worldâ€ť.
III. Assurance because we have personally acknowledged Jesus as God's Son (4:15). a. This is a doctrinal confession. b. What John is NOT sayingâ€¦
IV. Assurance because of God's love for us (4:16-18). a. â€śWe have come to know and believe the love that God has for us.â€ť b. â€śWe can have confidence before Godâ€ť c. What about when we doubt God's love?
V. Assurance because we love our brothers (4:17-21). a. â€śLove is perfected in usâ€ť b. One of the ways we can see God's love is through the Church.