2013-02-24 - What are the Witnesses to
the Truth of the Gospel?
The Epistles of John ~ Part 99 ~ 1 John 5
What are the witnesses to the truth of the Gospel?
1 John 5: 6b-9: The biblical criteria for a validation of truth is
so that `every matter may be established by the
testimony of two or three witnesses'" (Matthew 18:16).
And so John provides three witnesses to the incarnation, and the work of
Christ. These are the Holy Spirit, the water and the blood.
This was probably John's response to those who were teaching that the Christ
Consciousness came upon Jesus at His baptism and left prior to the crucifixion.
John says no, it was Jesus who came in water and blood. First, we see the
testimony of Jesus' baptism - the water.
"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
"Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the
one I meant, when I said, `A man who comes after me has surpassed me because
he was before me.' I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing
with water was that he might be revealed to Israel." Then John gave this
testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from Heaven as a dove and remain on
him. I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize
with water told me, `The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain
is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.' I have seen, and I testify
,that this is the Son of God"" (John 1:29-34).
Next, we see the testimony of Jesus' death on the cross - the blood.
"Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was
to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on
the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken
and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs
of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the
other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they
did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side
with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. The man who saw
it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells
the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe" (John
John notes that people are willing to accept the testimony of men. He may
be saying to his readers, "You have been willing to listen to the testimony
of the false teachers. You have been considering false teaching. But, the
testimony of God is greater than the testimony of men." We know that the
incarnation is true, because God has provided the validation of it.
To be continued.
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