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Kept From The Clutches of Satan

Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.
Sermon Delivered 01/08/05

1 John 5:18-21 "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen."


In today’s message we will study…

The Precious Promise To Believers: We are kept from the clutches of Satan
The Perilous Plight of The Unsaved
The Private Knowledge Revealed To Believers


Verse 18 begins, "We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not…" This is a companion verse of 1 John 3:6 & 9 which says "Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not…" and "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin…" We addressed these verses in depth in message 12, titled Genuine Believers Do Not Make A Practice of Sin. If you want to study the meaning of these verses, you can pick up these notes from the office or get them from the church web site located at -- I concluded that message by posing this question - Are you a pig or a sheep? If you are happy to persist in sin and you have a persistent rebellious, lawless attitude toward God and His Word you are a pig. You are lost. You are unsaved. You are yet in your sins and will go to Hell unless you repent and return to Christ. If you are a sheep, you will be very disturbed, troubled, unhappy and miserable when you sin. I have often told you that Christians are not sinless but Christians do sin less.

  • The Precious Promise To Believers: We are kept from the clutches of Satan

Verse 18b "…he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

One of the great stabilizing truths of the Bible is that Jesus Christ protects his own. That is what "God keepeth himself" means. While Satan, particularly his demons, can and do tempt us, hinder us and try to keep us from doing the will of God, he may not touch us fatally. Our souls are protected from damnation. Turn to John 10:28-30 "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one." While Satan and his diabolical hoard may prevail upon the believer to draw him or her into some acts of sins, the old devil may not "touch" believer to bring to eternal damnation. Turn to John 5:24 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." One commentator puts it this way: "That wicked one toucheth him not" means the prince of this world has nothing in the believer to fasten his deadly temptations on, as in Christ’s own case. His regeneration has severed once for all his connection to the prince of this world. The prince of this world cannot touch the believer’s regeneration-life." One of my favorites, the old Baptist preacher Dr. John Gill (1697-1771), who is buried at Bunhill Field near John Bunyan and Susanna Wesley, put it this way: the devil cannot come at the believer so as to wound him to the heart, or destroy that principle of life that is in him, or so as to overcome and devour him; he may tempt him, and sift him, and buffet him, and greatly afflict and grieve him, but he can not touch his life, or hurt him with the second death."

Turn with me to Romans 8:32-39"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Turn to 1 Peter 1:3-5 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

The evidence is clear. The genuine believer is kept from the clutches of Satan. What a glorious blessing!

Now we need to look at…

  • The Perilous Plight of The Unsaved

Verse 19 "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness."

Focus on the phrase "the whole world." This is a reference to the entirety of the unsaved people that live on this globe. This verse makes it clear that mankind is divided into two great divisions, those that belong to God( "we are of god") and those that belong to wickedness or to the wicked one. The Christian believers belong to God. Born-again Christians are of God, and from God, and to God, and for God. The unsaved person is dominated by the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13). The word wickedness is a very interesting word. To be sure, unsaved mankind "lieth in wickedness." But there is more. Wickedness is a translation of the Greek word ponhrw – ponero (pon-ay-ro), which is masculine and singular, therefore identifying the devil. So when we read, the whole world lieth in wickedness, it includes being in the jaws and in the bowels of the wicked one, the devil. There are, indeed wicked individuals, many wicked ones, many wicked spirits, in the heavenly or the ethereal places; but they are united in wicked nature, wicked policy, and wicked principle, and they are united also in one head, the prince of the devils and of the diabolical kingdom. Satan is the head of the malignity and of the malignant world; and he has such sway here that he is called the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). Therefore, the unsaved men of the world, which is the greater part of the inhabitants of it, are addicted to sin and, wickedness and the bias of their fallen minds is to it, they are set upon it, and give themselves up to it. They are immersed in it, and are under the power of it: Further "in the wicked one," Satan, the god of this world; they are under his influence, and led according to his will, and they are governed by him, and are at his beck and call.

What a sad state of affairs for those who are unsaved. Paul wrote to the Philippian believers describing the end of those in the dominion of wickedness -- "(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)" Philippians 3:18-19. The perilous plight of the an unsaved person is destruction, condemnation to Hell for all of eternity.

  • The Private Knowledge Revealed To Believers

Verse 20 says, "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life."

I am so thankful that Jesus Christ is my Savior! Because he is, I have been given an understanding of spiritual things that the unsaved world just does not have. It has been revealed and affirmed to me that there is one God and only one way to God. Yet, I personally know people who still worship Dagon (see 1 Samuel 5). I have talked to people who actually believe in and seek to communicate with Trolls. I have heard the blasphemous prayer of a witch who addressed her prayer to Diana! And another priest who prayed to his higher self. Friends, they are lost and will be damned for all of eternity if they do not repent and turn to Christ!

I have been taunted and criticized because I am so narrow minded and closed minded as to believe that there is only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ and him alone. Call me what you like, but I know the TRUTH and I will not lie to make others feel better. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6

John’s final words " Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen."


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First Baptist Church of Oak Creek

10550 S. Howell Ave. - Oak Creek, WI 53154

Phone: 414-762-7575

Pastor: David L. Brown, Ph.D.

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