Called to Be a Witness
This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:6-12
“I have been called to be a witness.” Pastor Mike shared those words from 1 John 5:6-12 on Sunday. I can’t think of a more complete charge for myself and every person who calls Jesus, Lord and Savior.
I am a Witness Because I am Believing
Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. – 1 John 5:10a
Just before this verse John says that if I believe in the Son of God, I am believing what God has revealed, not man (1 John 5:9). There is no greater witness to have confidence in than the testimony of the God of the universe. John lays out evidence to God’s true testimony shown in the entirety of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
More than that, however, my very act of believing has embedded in it a testimony to the world that Jesus is Lord and God is true. I am no longer separate from God and living solo. I have been catapulted into the Kingdom as another witness to the preciousness of Christ and the truth of God. So, it is essential to remember what Christ did on the cross for me. What joy! He freed me forever! But, I must never forget that Christ did something for the glory of His (God’s) name. He made it so that millions and countless testimonies would cry out, “God is true! He made me live! Live for Him!”
How helped I would be if I believed that to have Christ as “personal” Savior never means to hold Him secretly to myself. If I believe that Christ has once and for all paid for every debt of sin I owe and made me a Child of God forever, my life is a testimony (witness) for all to see.
Question: Is it?
A Witness Against God
Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. – 1 John 5:10b
I don’t think many would ever think that unbelief is an actual accusation against God, but John says to reject God’s testimony is to say to the God of the universe, “You are a liar.” I charge God with lying when I am presented with God’s witness statement about His son and I say with my life, “I don’t buy it.”
Can you think of a more terrifying indictment against a poor soul? Unbelief is treason, an accusation that God is not true.
How helped I would be to live knowing the stakes are high. Belief and unbelief surround me—one bound for glory and the other eternal shame.
“You believe what works for you, and I will believe what works for me?”
Question: Will I let that unbelief walk away without proclaiming the truth?