18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. 20 For if our heart condemn us, GOD IS GREATER THAN OUR HEART, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
Great Sermon! As with so many of Don Fortners' sermons this is not only well worth listening to, but listening to again so you really get the crucial points.
This portion of scripture can be read in such a way that you become self righteous and think you will just "step into heaven". Or bring you to dispair in knowing that your post conversion love and obediance is inadequate and riddled with corruption. listen to this to see it straight.!
Don Fortner (1950-2020) pastored and faithfully declared the gospel of God's free grace in Christ at Grace Baptist Church of Danville Kentucky for over thirty years and was a widely published author, and conference speaker. Books and commentaries resulting from his prolific and...