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God is Self-Revealing and Self-Authenticating

John 8:13-18
The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid." Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going. You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no-one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me." (NIV)

Jesus had just claimed to be the Light of the World. But the religious leaders challenged His personal testimony: who could prove that He was telling the truth? They assumed that He was a liar, and told Him so. But Jesus exposed their shallow thinking. A single eye-witness is not false if he or she tells the truth. Jesus said that He was an eye witness of heaven; that is where He had come from and the place to which He would return. He knew Father God intimately. But His hearers had no such experience and were not qualified to judge His testimony.
However, Jesus was not a sole witness to the truth of God; the Father also knew the truth. And the Son of God was not alone because He represented the Father completely; and the Father was with Him. Everything which came out of the mouth of God the Son was already in the heart of God the Father. The Pharisees said they were looking for two witnesses, but the testimony of the Father and the Son were presented together through the words and actions of Jesus. Nobody knows God better than God! He is self-authenticating. That is why we can never find the truth about God by reasoned deductions from what we can see: we need Him to reveal Himself - which was exactly what He did when Jesus came to earth.
God is so much greater than our imagination that we can never find Him except He reveals Himself to us. Think about it; how else could God fully reveal Himself, except by Himself?! That is why Jesus came. As Hebrews 1:1-3 says, "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven." That is the reason why true gospel evangelism has to be focussed on explaining the character and work of Jesus. Without that, you are missing out the core of God's self-revelation. Let us not be content with religious activity; let us get back to announcing Jesus! He was bold in saying that there is no other way to God (John 14:6), so we should be bold also.

Almighty God. Thank You for revealing Yourself in Jesus Christ, Your Son and my Saviour. Forgive me when I have focussed on my religious activity but have lost sight of Jesus. Please help me to understand that Jesus Christ was God in a human body, and is now in heaven until He comes to claim His church and judge all wickedness. Help me to talk about Jesus and invite my friends and colleagues who are seeking God to read about His life and work in the Gospels, praying that they may be saved. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams