7558 - Testimony of God

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Today in our study of 1 John, let’s discuss 1 John 5:9. It says, “We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.”

To Christians this verse may be superfluous, because to be a Christian we must believe and trust Jesus Christ. Actually, this is an expression of faith in God Himself, since Jesus and God are one.

However, to a seeker or an unbeliever this verse is very important. It examines the plausibility of believing God. To say it another way, “Why should I believe God?”

John starts by reminding the reader that most men accept the testimony of other men. In a court room the testimony of a witness is accepted and believed unless reason to do otherwise is presented.

Under the Old Testament Law a fact of law was established as true by the testimony of two or three witnesses who agreed.

Now, if men rely upon the testimony of other imperfect human beings, then as John writes, it is far more reliable to accept the testimony of God. The truth of this argument is based upon the character of God himself.

Some people don’t know much about the character of God. Believers know that God is holy (1 Pet. 1:15) and revered for His perfect character. Jesus said (Mark 10:18), “No one is good - except God alone.” It is true also that God does not lie (Titus 1:2; Heb. 6:18) nor is he ever tempted by evil (James 1:13).

But consider that many unbelievers do not know this much about God’s character. Some men are so callused that they disdain God. Some even scoff at him. Except for God’s gentleness and long-suffering nature these evil men would be zapped.

On the other hand we are told (Rom. 2:15) that there is an innate software package in the internal computer of man – that is their heart and conscience –– that bestows some sense of God and his requirements for people deep within them, so they are not entirely devoid of some awe of God; so most men have an unexplained natural respect or fear for God.

The thrust of this verse under study is that God’s testimony is on a higher plain than men and deserves our full attention and acceptance. When men testify we should hear and evaluate, but when God testifies we should tremble and obey.

Verse 9 is important because it declares openly what has so far in the passage been implied or hinted. Notice the subject is God and the object of the testimony is God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

In this extended passage we have been alerted that there is a threefold testimony under God’s authority – the testimony of the Holy Spirit, the testimony of the water and the testimony of the blood. These three witness forms have a single divinely appointed testimony regarding the Son of God, and all three are in total agreement, because they are under the control of God Himself.

It is actually the authoritative witness of God, which is shown. The tense of the words indicate that this witness has a continuing validity throughout history. Today the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of people to convince them of these truths, even the hearts of unbelievers.

Look at the expanded truth. If we hear the testimony of men and ignore it the consequence may be negligible. But if we hear the testimony of God regarding His Son and ignore it, the consequence has an eternal duration. It is a horrible thought that those who ignore God’s testimony will in fact pass into a Christless eternity, called the second death, where they will suffer pain and anguish for eternity.

But friend, that need not be. Heed God’s testimony. Invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and you will enjoy a glorious eternity in fellowship with Jesus and the Father and His children. Don’t wait.