I JOHN 5:6-10: “This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: Who is Jesus Christ? This is the most important question one will ever ask in their lifetime. It is a question that will determine their eternity and the entire trajectory of their life here on earth. This question has been debated over the centuries. Opposing sides have presented their arguments skillfully. There is only one problem.
THE VERDICT IS ALREADY IN!
John, in the closing of his first epistle, summarizes what he has written, and gives the believer a reason to stand firm in their faith. He also warns the unbeliever of the seriousness of their choices. In any court of law the verdict is determined by the preponderance of the evidence. God never calls us to faith in Christ blindly. The preponderance of the evidence is clear. Jesus is the Christ! Jesus is the Son of God! Jesus is the only way to enter into eternal life!
- “This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.”
Jesus began His earthly ministry by entering into the baptismal waters, being baptized by John, and receiving the anointing of the Holy Spirit, who descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove. Jesus was baptized to begin His ministry and to establish the pathway of righteousness for all who would believe. From this water, Jesus began His miraculous life of ministry. Jesus, in the course of His life, would fulfill over 40 unique prophecies, uttered by numerous Old Testament prophets, who spoke under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and who lived hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth and ministry.
Jesus not only came by water, but he also came by blood. It was not the blood of the bulls and goats of the Old Testament sacrifices. It was by His own blood which He shed as He hung on the cross for our sins. Jesus became our Passover lamb. He died in our place. When He shed His blood, it was not simply that His blood fell to the ground under His wounds and through the piercing of His side – Jesus presented His own blood in the heavenly sanctuary as the final atonement for sin. In all of this, the Spirit bore witness by the sacred text and through Jesus’ miraculous life, death, and resurrection!
- “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.”
In a court of law, a single testimony does not hold much weight, especially if it is hearsay. A witness’s testimony must be corroborated to hold any weight. The testimony of the deity of Jesus Christ was not simply through His own words. John makes it very clear. Two threefold testimonies bore witness to the deity of Jesus Christ.
The first was the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit. This is the testimony of the triune God. We see the union and work of the trinity in the act of creation. We also see the union and the work of the trinity in the act of redemption!
- “In the beginning God (the Father) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said (the Word, Jesus Christ, John 1:1), “Let there be light”; and there was light.” Genesis 1:1-3 NKJV (Parenthetical notes are mine for emphasis).
- “When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus (the Word made flesh) also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice (God the Father) came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22 NKJV. (Parenthetical notes are mine for emphasis).
In creation, we see God the Father, the Spirit of God, and the Logos of God (Word of God, Jesus in His eternal state). In His baptism, we see Jesus, the Spirit of God, and the Father proclaiming – “…This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!’ This was not the witness of one, or two – but the witness of three, the triune God – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit! And, as already established, there is another trilogy of confirmation as to the deity of Jesus Christ – the Spirit, the water, and the blood. This is why John writes,
- “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.”
So who do you say Jesus is? Is He simply a good man who helped the poor? Is he merely a good teacher who left us with some golden nuggets of philosophy to enrich our lives? Or, is He God in human flesh? Is He the Son of God? Is He the Savior of the world and the only way to eternal life? John answers this question.
- “He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself…”
When one repents of their sin, turns to God, and places their faith in Jesus Christ – they are born again by the Spirit. Their sins are forgiven. They receive the gift of eternal life. And, the Holy Spirit comes to indwell their heart and life. This is why John says that the one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself. Paul agrees with John and writes,
- “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,”. Romans 8:15-16 NKJV
What a blessed assurance! What eternal hope! Not only do we have the threefold testimonies of the Father, the Word, and the Spirit, along with the Spirit, the water, and the blood – we have the inner assurance and confirmation of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. The Holy Spirit bears witness in our hearts that we are the children of God! A born again believer knows, that they know, that they know, that they know – they are a child of God and have eternal life.
One can dismiss these truths. However, a mere dismissal will not make them untrue. God has spoken. He has confirmed His Son through two threefold witnesses. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ stand as a testimony in history that Jesus is God in human flesh and that He lives! Therefore, how we answer the question, “Who is Jesus?”, will not change the reality of the truth. It will only determine the reality and outcome of our life.
- “…he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.”
In these days of uncertainty, there is one thing that stands as a source of true hope and strength. Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus has conquered sin, death, and the devil. And, Jesus offers eternal life, and the hope of an abundant life today, to all those who will believe. This is a truth that cannot be altered. It is settled in the courts of heaven.
So how will you answer the question – “Who is Jesus?” Will you proclaim – He is God the Son, my sacrifice for sins, my risen Lord, and my soon coming King? You have nothing but your sin, guilt, and shame but to lose, and you have all the riches of heaven to gain. What will your answer be?
In Jesus Name!