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Who Do You Believe?

1 John 5:9-12
We accept human testimony, but God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 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. And this is the testimony: God has given 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. (NIVUK)

None of us knows everything. In fact, we all know very little compared to what could be known. So we have to rely on others to inform us. But who do you believe? Usually, we believe the word of somebody we know and trust (parent, sibling, or friend); otherwise we will believe the person who has the highest authority over us. The former relationship is governed by love and the second, often by fear.

Because of our ignorance, we have to trust somebody. We get used to believing what people say. Life in any civilisation would be impossible if we did not. So, when it comes to information about the identity of Jesus, who is in the best position to tell us the truth – somebody who does not know Him or the person who knows Him best? Logically the person who knows Him best must be the best authority … so why believe false teachers who defy the testimony of God the Son and God the Father?

To deny the deity of Christ is to call God a liar because He said that Jesus was His beloved Son (Matthew 3:17; 17:5). But all those who believe in Jesus already know the truth. They know because they believe what God has said from His position of authority; and they know because of the closeness of their relationship with Him. And that can never be taken away from them.

The Bible says that eternal life only comes to people who believe in Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. John, a close friend of Jesus, affirmed that to be true. A common characteristic about false teachers is that they all deny Jesus the place of being the unique life-giver. They are a part of Satan's deception network; they do not want anybody to be saved and have new life in Jesus for ever. That is why we who have that life must share the truth about the identity of Jesus with friends and colleagues … otherwise they will be unable to see who Jesus is because of the smoke screen of lies from people whose only interest is to stop them seeking the Saviour.

Father God. Thank You for always knowing the truth; and You know everything about the Lord Jesus Christ Your Son. I am sorry for having listened to people who have no interest in my eternal welfare but seem to delight in trying to pull me away from Jesus. Please help me to love Your testimony about Jesus, and enable me to be strong to withstand the attack of those who want to destroy my relationship with Jesus. In His Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams