7557 - Three Who Testify

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It’s such a joy to have you join us today.

In our study of the first Letter of John we are now in Chapter 5, verses 7 & 8. Listen as I read them, “For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”

The one of whom these three testify is none other than the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and Son of God.

We should keep in mind the times in which the Apostle John is called upon to write. It’s thought that John could be past 90 years of age as he writes.

Although John has not written of Biblical truth in the early years of the Church, he is now called upon by God to write from his extensive experience with Jesus Christ while he was here on earth. He was to share what Jesus had said and what he did. Emphasis of Spiritual truth is the bottom line as John writes his five documents.

God called upon John to write what he had seen and heard, because many false teachers had risen up and were declaring deadly false doctrines. They were causing many in the Church to question what had been taught from early days by Jesus and the Apostles.

We know, one of the heavy weights upon John is this damaging attack upon truth by these false teachers. Of course these false teachers were tools of Satan as he wars against God and His kingdom.

The nature of most erroneous teaching amounted to an attack upon the person of Jesus Christ. Some taught that Jesus was only human, the son of Joseph and Mary. They denied his deity.

Others built upon this error and added that God had come upon Jesus as Christ at the baptism; thus was jointly ministering only during his service years. However, these same people reasoned that God could not die, so Christ left Jesus before the crucifixion. To them Jesus was on his own on that cross. many of them denied the resurrection. And on and on the errors multiplied, but the point of attack was always the nature and character of Jesus, or to deny his power. They could not accept divine Spiritual truth. They denied the supernatural.

Mind you, these false teachers had not listened to Jesus to learn from Him. But now the rejection and hate for Jesus was being manifest.

Jesus warned this would take place. The world system hated Him and in these days they hate those who make up His kingdom.

John is strongly declaring that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son. He says no one who denies the Son has a relationship with the Father. Those who embrace God’s truth and do not turn loose, are born of God and will remain in the Son and the Father. These children of God possess eternal life.

And in the passage for today John calls three witnesses to testify to these truths. The Old Testament law required two witnesses, but John tells us there are three who testify to the truth regarding Jesus Christ, and they always are in agreement.

The first to testify is the Spirit, the Holy Spirit of God. Then the water, and this refers to the water baptism of Jesus at the beginning of His ministry; and then the blood, and this refers to the blood of Jesus, given by Him on the cross when He died to pay the penalty for sin. The water & the blood bracket the remarkable and divine ministry of Jesus as He fulfilled God’s mission for him while he was here on earth.

Notice, the living Spirit is an active witness at all times to Jesus Christ, and he uses the water and the blood to testify to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. These three are always in perfect agreement. They give supernatural testimony to the life and work of Jesus Christ.

In Romans 1:4 another witness is added as we read: “Who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Let us place our faith in Him and Him alone.