Keep the Faith, Part 12, 1 John 5:6-12
This messages completes our series in the book of 1 John as we consider the evidence for Jesus being the Son of God with an invitation to put our faith in Him.
Keep the Faith Part 12
The Testimony Concerning the Son of God 1 John 5:6-12
Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – March 27th, 2016
- Who John is and what he has been talking about in this book – mainly who Jesus is, assurances of knowing we are connected to Him, how to test and discern what is of God and what is not, the characteristics of all Christians with an emphasis on abiding and love.
- In the last few lines he returns to the theme of who Christ is.
- Why this is important – our life and eternity revolves around the identity of Christ. So it matters to us now as to how we are to live, and it matters to us in knowing what is to happen after we die.
- John gives us 4 things that testify to the identity of Christ – the water, the blood, the Spirit and the word.
1 John 5:6-9 ESV
This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.
The water testifies
- This is the waters of His baptism – why is this a witness to His identity – let’s take a look
Matt 3:13-17 ESV
Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
- His baptism is a sign that He is walking in obedience to the will of His Father as coming as one who is submitted to authority (God and man) in the overall framework of the kingdom and His Father
- When Jesus came up out of the water heaven was open, the Holy Spirit came down and rested on Him and there was the voice of the Father saying that Jesus was indeed the beloved Son and that God was pleased with Him.
- He was challenged in this as He went on from there into the wilderness on a long fast and then was tempted by the devil (stones into bread – to use his power to fulfill his own needs, top of the temple – to use his own power to not go through suffering, bow down to worship Satan – use his power for personal gain)
The blood testifies
- not by the water only but by the water and the blood.
- Not just in submission to the will and authority of his Father
- But also in the sacrifice of who He was because of love to the Father and of the Father and the Son toward us
- Old Testament echoes
Matt 20:28 ESV
Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
John 6:38-40 ESV
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
- His last words were not it is over, or it is done, but it is finished
- We have a new covenant in His blood . . .
Eph 1:7-9 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ.
- And also when He died, the land grew dark, the earth shook, the rocks split the curtain was torn, tombs were open many bodies of the saints were raised.
The Spirit testifies
- And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
John 16:13 ESV
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth,
John 16:8 ESV
And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:
1 John 5:10 ESV
Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.
- Testimony in Himself the Testimony of changed lives . . .
The word testifies
1 John 5:11-12 ESV
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
- The testimony of the word of God – from the people of God . . .
- And this is the testimony that God gave us eternal life . . . . and this life is in His Son
- Whoever has the Son has life . . . whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life
- So we have the testimony of the water, the blood, the Spirit and the word
- With an invitation to join the Son and put our faith and our life in Him
- To live according to His ways here on earth and have assurance as to what is to come after we die