The Three Witnesses

The Three Witnesses

1 John 5:6-12


God is truth. So the way He loves is entirely through truth. Being truthful. When He established Israel as His people, He commanded them to be truthful because that’s the path to life and peace. Telling the truth – getting to the truth – matters tremendously to God. The entire system that God set up required witnesses, truth tellers. Before a person was to be sentenced, he or she needed proved guilty or innocent by 2 or 3 witnesses. So, here’s what John is saying. When it comes to knowing that Jesus is the Christ, John is saying there are three witnesses that testify to this reality: God’s demonstration at Jesus’ baptism, God’s demonstration at Jesus’ death, and the ongoing, internal work of the Holy Spirit. John’s primary point here isn’t to do apologetics. He’s writing to a church. He’s assuming belief and salvation in his listeners. He’s assuming the Spirit is at work in them. John is reminding the church, us, that God has spoken clearly through the water, the blood, and the Spirit. When you become a Christian, the Spirit of God dwells within you and gives you a conviction, a sense that Jesus is truly the Christ. The baptism was real. The cross was real. The resurrection was real. The Spirit is real. The Spirit of God gives us all these things. And for a Christian, you carry this in you – this testimony from God. At the end of the day, what John cares about the most is what God cares about the most: that we see and hear the truth about Jesus, and that we put our faith in Him as the Christ. This is the way we find and enjoy eternal life with God.

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