I’ll admit, lately I haven’t been the most disciplined follower of Christ. I haven’t spent as much time in His word as I need to. It should be a daily thing I do, just like eating a meal. As a matter of fact, it’s even more crucial for my life that I dive into His word than it is for me to eat. Anyway, this week has been my most consistent week in quite sometime, and He is speaking to me. I can really tell a difference in my days.
God has laid it on my heart to share with you what He has shown me today. 1 John has been my book of choice this week after receiving some advice from a wonderful person who has been such an encouragement for me in the face of loss. The reason it was necessary for me to read this book was to evaluate my own life. I haven’t been confident in it. Am I doing the things I need to be doing to strengthen my walk with Christ? There are many answers to this question, and John gives us a series of tests that we can use to see where we measure up.
As I was reading chapter 5 of 1 John, something really struck me as amazing. I feel like many of us (or maybe it’s just me) look to other people’s advice, testimonies, and knowledge of scripture for reassurance and wisdom. What I learned may be simple for some, but for me was HUGE. We have God’s testimony. Bear with me as I pray you follow what I write, and do my best to relay God’s message to all of us.
In 1 John 5:9-10 it says this: If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His son.
It is very important to hear and see other people’s testimonies so that we can see how God works in the lives of others, but THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE was sweet to GIVE us HIS TESTIMONY too! How cool is that?
To be more specific, my Bible references (thank goodness for cross-references) two times in which God testifies, or declares, to man that Jesus is the Son of God. Both of these references mentioned are in Matthew’s gospel, once at Jesus’s baptism and once at Jesus’s transfiguration:
Matthew 3:16-17 – After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
Matthew 17:5 – While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”
God proclaims that Jesus is His Son! He tells us very plainly to listen to Him! I don’t know about you, but that is even more motivation to continually strengthen my daily walk with Jesus; the fact that the God who created the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets, the animals and plants, my family, my friends, my beautiful Mabry Kate and Owen…He Himself said Jesus is His Son!
And then going back to 1 John 5:11, it says this…And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
So God is testifying to us that Jesus is His Son and in His Son is eternal life. That’s it. That’s all we need, because it goes on to say in verse 12 that, He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
It’s pretty black and white. If you have believed and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, Lord, and Master of your life, YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH HIM. If you haven’t, all you have to do is confess your sins, believe Jesus is Son of God, and accept Him into your heart. This is not any new revelation, of course. But for me, it was eye-opening to see that we don’t need the testimony of man because we have the testimony of God. What more do we need?