The Three Witnesses

1 John 5:6-12 (NIV)

This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify:the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given 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.

In the Old Testament, one had to have two or three witnesses to verify an account of an event.  The apostle John provides three witnesses to the fact that Jesus Christ was both human and God.  These three witnesses are:
  • Water
  • Blood
  • Spirit

Some were arguing in John’s day that Jesus had not come physically and was only a spiritual being.  John’s argument was that Jesus was baptized in water.  You cannot baptize a spirit.  Now, we follow Christ’s example of being baptized in water to this very day.  Not only that, but Jesus shed His blood on the cross.  Spirits do not bleed.  We trust in the blood of Jesus to spiritually cleanse us from our sins.  John’s argument does not end with these two witnesses to Jesus’ humanity.  He gives another argument for Jesus’ divinity – the Holy Spirit.  The power of the Holy Spirit working in the apostles through signs, miracles and teaching testified to the divinity of Jesus.  The Holy Spirit supernaturally enabled the apostles to do miraculous works.  The Holy Spirit inspired those who wrote the New Testament to write what they did.  The Spirit gave them power to overcome fear and persecution.  These three witnesses testified that Jesus was fully God and fully man.

This may seem like an argument that is not relevant to our lives today.  It’s just not true!  We need to know that Jesus Christ really was fully God and fully man.  If Jesus wasn’t God, then we have no hope, for Scripture tells us that Jesus was God (John 1:1).  If Jesus wasn’t fully man, then His blood wasn’t shed and we have no hope.  Our hope in Christ depends on the fact that He was both human and divine.  Having faith in Jesus gives us not only the hope of Heaven when we die, but the hope of forgiveness as we live.
PRAYER: Thank You, Heavenly Father, for sending Your Son, Jesus.  I believe that He lived and died for me.  Help me when I have times of doubt to have faith and believe.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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