Thursday in the Seventeenth Week of Ordinary Time

1 John 5:10b-12

The Testimony about Life

We discussed yesterday that the believer in Jesus Christ has “the testimony within himself”—which is to say that he has the Holy Spirit within himself who provides that inward testimony (or verification, to use more contemporary language) that he or she is indeed a born again believer.  This does not void the need to “examine [our]selves, to see whether [we] are in the faith” (1 Corinthians 13:5).  John’s epistle has laid down tests both doctrinal and behavioral, all of which we have covered.  And these must be, for our Lord said himself, “You will recognize them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:13-23).

And now the Apostle gives the justification for God’s ultimate condemnation of the unbelieving world when that great and terrible day comes: “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.”  John has told us that there is no daylight between the Father and the Son—to reject the one is to reject the other (2:23).  And what is worse, it is to call the Father a “liar.”  Not believing in Jesus as he is described in the New Testament rather than according to our personal fancies is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, the work that the Spirit does in our lives that we may be born again and receive the Father’s testimony concerning His Son.  As such it cannot be forgiven in this life of the next (Matthew 12:32).

And now the Apostle records something else concerning the Father’s testimony about His Son which follows quite naturally everything the Father has testified about His Son thus far: That eternal life is available to us only through His Son.  And why is this?  Because the Son is the Life (John 14:6).  So, “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”  If we will live in the next life (attain life eternal), we do so by, with, and through, the Son.  There is no life outside of him.  Indeed, our earthly lives depend on the Son’s preservation of the world which was created through him and which is held together by him (John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17).  But these earthly bodies shall soon dissolve into dust and only the soul of the man will remain.  And just as with our earthly bodies, so our souls will live only through the Son.  But unlike our earthly bodies which the Son gives life through creation, our spiritual bodies only receive life by him through redemption—which means those born not of the Spirit have not been redeemed and have not that spiritual life which is life eternal.  The Son is the Lord of life.  He is life itself.  And we must be in him to share it.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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