January 11, 2019
Who indeed is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
This is the one who came through water and Blood*, Jesus Christ, not by water alone, but by water and Blood. The Spirit is the one who testifies, and the Spirit is truth. So there are three who testify, the Spirit, the water, and the Blood, and the three are of one accord. . . .
And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever possesses the Son has life; whoever does not possess the Son of God does not have life. 1_Jn 5:5-13
John certainly does not beat around the bush. It’s Yea or Nay! Either we believe or not. Either we live or not. Below is the Bible’s footnote for John’s statement – couldn’t have put it better!
* Water and blood (1_Jn 5:6) refers to Christ’s baptism (Mt_3:16–17) and to the shedding of his blood on the cross (Jn_19:34).
The Spirit was present at the baptism (Mt_3:16; Mk_1:10; Lk_3:22; Jn_1:32, 34).
The testimony to Christ as the Son of God is confirmed by divine witness (1_Jn 5:7–9), greater by far than the two legally required human witnesses (Dt_17:6). To deny this is to deny God’s truth; cf. Jn_8:17–18.
The gist of the divine witness or testimony is that eternal life (1_Jn 5:11–12) is given in Christ and nowhere else. To possess the Son is not acceptance of a doctrine but of a person who lives now and provides life.
BELIEVE and LIVE!
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