Seventh Sunday of Easter (May 13, 2018)
9 Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son.10 All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son.
11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.
13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.
1 John 5:9-13 New Living Translation (NLT)
We have come to the last Sunday of Easter. Yesterday we looked at the passage for Jesus’ Ascension. Next week is Pentecost. We will wrap up 1 John. Our passage actually picks up where we left off last week. However, it picks up in mid-thought. Here John is talking about testimony and witness. John has finished the previous thought with these words, “Who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”
Now John, who revealed to us the Christ in his gospel writings, again reveals Christ to us. He writes how Jesus was revealed as God’s son in his baptism and by the shedding of blood on the cross. When Jesus was baptized the Spirit came down (as a dove) and John tells us that these three witnesses agree.
In Jewish law, two witnesses who agreed were needed in order to convict for a crime. John tells us that since we believe human testimony, Jesus’s testimony has three witnesses the water, blood, and Spirit that he came from God. We who believe that Jesus is the Son of God have this witness in our hearts.
John states the purpose of writing this letter is that they know that Jesus is the Son of God and by knowing and believing that Jesus is the Son of God, they may have eternal life. If we have the Son, we have life…the opposite is also true…if we don’t have the Son, we don’t have life. I encourage you to seek out the Son of God – Jesus and seek his ways, so that you may have eternal life.