I John 5:9-10 “We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.”
John sure seems to use a lot of courtroom talk, doesn’t he? He speaks of judges and lawyers and testimonies . . . and of course the testimony of an upstanding citizen is always more credible than the testimony of a known liar or criminal. If that’s the case, then surely the testimony of God Himself is more credible than the testimony of any sinful human.
In Old Testament times, God spoke to and through the prophets, telling about his Son. At Jesus’ baptism (Matthew 3), God gave audible testimony that Jesus was His Son. He did it again in Matthew 17. Since that time, the Holy Spirit has revealed this truth to each and every soul that has ever been born! Whether or not we have opportunity to read God’s written Word, or hear a preacher preach, Psalm 19 and Romans 1:18-20 tell us that we are without excuse, for since the beginning of time, God has made Himself known through creation. God has told us and told us in countless ways about His love for us, and how that love was demonstrated through Christ. Now, we each have a choice. We can believe Him, or not.
If we choose to believe that Jesus is God’s Son, and that He died to take the punishment for our sins, we will be adopted into God’s family. But if we choose not to believe, we are really saying that God is a liar. If we call God a liar, He will cast us out of His presence! I don’t know about you, but I believe! And for what little it’s worth, I will testify to His greatness, as well.
Dear Father, Thank You for telling me, in so many different ways, about Your love shown through Your Son. Please give me the right words as I seek to tell others about You.
Wow, calling God a liar seems pretty brazen, doesn’t it? But I guess that’s, in fact, what unbelivers are doing. Hadn’t thought of it quite like that. Wonder if they’d admit to calling God a liar???
I know, Cheryl. The same is true, I suppose, even for Christians when we don’t really believe God’s promises, or don’t live like we do. If He said He’d do it, He will. Period. There’s no way around that, is there, other than saying that God doesn’t honor His Word.
Hmmmm . . . something to think about.