Posted by Peter Thompson

I John 5:6-12

Know It Is True

INTRODUCTION:  It is foundational to Christianity that Jesus is who He said that He was.  John wants these Christians that he is writing to, to have firm foundation.  He wanted them to be assured of their salvation.  He wanted them to live for God, avoid sin and walk in the same direction that God was walking.  They needed to be assured that what they were basing their belief in was real.  You need that same assurance.  In weak times, when times are hard you will doubt the love of God.  You will doubt whether this Christianity that you have is real or not if you do not have this firm foundation.  Knowing for a fact that Jesus was who He said He was gives you something to lean on in your Christian life.  So John offers three witnesses here.  A witness is someone who testifies to the truth of something in court.  VS. 11-12 lets us know what it is that these three witnesses are saying is true (Read those verses again).  You want to know that for sure, you want proof of the reality that Jesus is the Son of God, the only way to have eternal life.  Listen to these three witnesses.

  1. THE FATHER AT THE WATER BAPTISM OF JESUS (VS. 6-8)
  2. Referring back to verse five, we see that the “He” refers to Jesus
  3. So the subject here is Jesus
  4. The Son of God, or at least that is what John calls Him
  5. Can we take that to the bank, do we know for sure that this was the Son of God
  6. Do we know for sure that “He” has the power to forgive sin
  7. Do we know for sure that these miracles that “He” did were not just parlor tricks
  8. John uses the word “by” three times here
  9. The word in the Greek is “dia”
  10. It is usually and rightly translated “through”
  11. So Jesus came through water and through blood
  12. Just one would not prove that He was the Son of God, the Savior of the world
  13. He came through both, let’s begin with the water
  14. The time that John is referring to here, seems to be when Jesus went through water at his baptism
  15. That is when the Father was a witness
  16. The story goes, that Jesus came to John the Baptist to be baptized
  17. John had been baptizing many, many people in the Jordan river
  18. Jesus came and asked to be baptized and John didn’t want to
  19. He told Jesus, You should be the one baptizing me, you see that John thought he was the Son of God too
  20. Jesus told John the Baptist that it had to be this way so that righteousness could be fulfill
  21. It was the right thing to do, the picture of baptism represented what was necessary to make people righteous-death burial and resurrection
  22. So John went ahead and baptized Jesus
  23. Look what it says in Matt. 3:16-17 “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
  24. Did you catch that, the Spirit of God which we will talk about more in a minute came down out of heaven in the form of a dove and rested on Jesus
  25. And then the voice of God the Father spoke out loud from heaven, “this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
  26. God spoke out loud for everybody who was watching to hear
  27. There were no sound systems back then
  28. No way to fake this out by the river, God spoke out loud and the people heard it
  29. And not just a few, the bible tells us that all of Judah went out to see John at the Jordan-that doesn’t mean every person, but it does mean a great crowd
  30. They all heard God the Father speak from heaven as a witness of who Jesus was
  31. He was the Son of God and His Father was pleased with Him and what He was doing.
  32. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, believe that He is the only way to have eternal life because of the witness of God the Father in front of many onlookers who testified that they heard it
  33. THE SON WHO SHED HIS BLOOD FOR YOUR SINS (VS. 6-8)
  34. Not only did Jesus come through water but also through blood
  35. John makes it clear here that the water is not a sufficient witness in itself
  36. You see, even though a voice spoke from heaven which is pretty heavy proof
  37. The Son of God, that was supposed to be the Christ, the Savior of the world was a predicted figure
  38. The Old Testament talked about this Son of God
  39. And there were certain things that this Son of God had to do or he was not really the Son of God
  40. The Old Testament spoke of miracles that had to be done
  41. He would give sight to the blind
  42. He would make people that could not walk, walk again
  43. He would raise the dead back to life again
  44. Jesus did all of those things and many more that were predicted in the Old Testament
  45. But there was one other thing that the Son of God, the Savior of the world had to do
  46. And this is where the blood comes in to the story
  47. 53:4-9 reads, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.”
  48. That is in the Old Testament, seven hundred years before Jesus was even born
  49. It said this Son of God, the Messiah had to be wounded bruised and chastised
  50. It said this Son of God, the Messiah had to take the sins of the world upon himself
  51. The places where we just crossed the line once and the habitual sins (iniquities), all were placed on Jesus as if He did them and not us
  52. And then he had to be cut off from the land of the living to pay for those sins and be buried in a rich man’s tomb
  53. Every gospel, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John describes the death of Jesus
  54. He was beaten until He was unrecognizable as a human being
  55. Beaten on His back, on His face, on His head
  56. They took Him up on a hill called Golgotha, which means the place of the skull
  57. They hung Him on a cross between two criminals
  58. They drove nails into His hands and His feet to hold Him there on that cross
  59. After He was dead they stuck a spear in His side all the way through His upper body to make sure that He was dead
  60. Blood and water poured out
  61. Jesus died for the sins of the world that day, just like the Isaiah said that He would
  62. He shed His blood so that you could have eternal life
  63. When He died the sky went dark, there was an earthquake, the veil in the temple tore from the top to the bottom
  64. There were some Roman soldiers in Matt. 27:54 “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.”
  65. The blood of Jesus was witness enough for those guys, they said this had to be the Son of God and they were not even Jews
  66. Believe that this man was the Son of God the Savior of the world, because He was His own witness on the cross
  67. THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT CONVICTED YOU AND LIVES INSIDE OF YOU (VS. 6-8, 10)
  1. Now remember that John is writing to saved people about this
  2. He is not trying to prove to lost people that Jesus was the Son of God
  3. Although this is a compelling case so far even for someone who does not believe
  4. But saved people have yet another witness
  5. And that is the Spirit of God
  6. John says here that the Spirit is truth
  7. He points out that the Spirit is a witness in heaven
  8. He is God just like the Father and the Son
  9. There is no lying in God, He is by nature the truth
  10. In v. 8 He is mention with the water and the blood as witness that Jesus is the Son of God
  11. In v. 10 it says that the person that believes has witness in themselves
  12. You see, when a person believes and makes Jesus the Lord of their life, they receive the Spirit of God in them
  13. This is the same Spirit of God that drew them to Jesus in the first place
  14. This Spirits job is to convict people of sin, you knew that you were a sinner because the Holy Spirit told you
  15. Then that same Holy Spirit convinced you of the truth that Jesus was the only way to heaven
  16. That same Spirit came to live with you when you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior
  17. That is why John says here that you have the witness inside yourself if you have believed
  18. Christian, if you will search inside of yourself, and listen to what the Holy Spirit tells you, you know that Jesus was and is the Son of God
  19. You know that He died on the cross for you so that you could have eternal life
  20. There was a time when you put your complete faith in that and believed
  21. The Bible is encouraging you here, to keep trusting the Son of God
  22. Keep trusting Jesus, stand on that firm foundation, live your life for Him, because you have the Holy Spirit as your witness and He will never leave you.

CONCLUSION:  Look at what the Holy Spirit led John to write in v. 9.  “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.”  Don’t believe it because the apostles said it.  Certainly, don’t believe it because I said it.  Believe it because God said it.  There are three persons in one God.  The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and they all are witnesses that Jesus is the Son of God.  That eternal life is in Jesus Christ.  The person that has the Jesus is saved and has eternal life.  The person that does not is lost and on the way to hell.  So how do you get Jesus.  (Share the gospel message)  If you have done that you are saved and you can stand on the truth of God’s witness forever.  If you have not then you need Jesus, because He is the only way to escape hell and the only way to gain eternal life.