Green Valley Sermons

This Is The Testimony

Sunday, July 23, 2017         

1 John 5:1-12


1 John 5: 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 6 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. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 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. 10 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. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (NIV)


This is the testimony!


What is a testimony? It is when you tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. It is when you share what you know to be true. It is when you tell what you have seen with your eyes and touched with your hands. Does that remind you of the first chapter of 1 John? It should. It was how John started his letter to the church. He said he was sharing what He had seen and heard, what he had touched and handled.


A testimony is when you tell about what you have witnessed. You are a witness when you share your testimony.


Whose testimony is it? Who does John say is giving this testimony? Look at verse 6 again:


6 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. (NIV)


The Holy Spirit of God has spoken to your heart and given you the truth if you are willing to receive it. He has told you the truth and you have a choice. You can agree with Him or you can deny what He has said to you.


Verse 9, John said,


9 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. (NIV)


God testifies that this is true. All down through history, through every book of the Bible the truth is written out for us to see. We have a choice. We can agree with Him or we can deny the truth. We can either accept what God is telling us or we can rebel against our Creator and refuse to believe what He says is true.


This is John’s testimony. He is sharing this testimony that we might believe and that believing we would have eternal life.


This needs to be our testimony. God calls His people to share the truth with the world. Matthew gave us the great commission. Luke tells us that Jesus said we would be witnesses to the truth wherever we go. This should be our testimony.


This is my testimony. I tell you today that these things are true. I have found it so in my life. God has proven Himself to me again and again. His Spirit has brought me back again and again to the altar where I lay down my life and take up His life. I lay down my will and accept the truth that God loves me and He is my Lord.


You have a choice. You can believe the testimony that has been given or you can reject it.


What is this testimony?


11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (NIV)


What does God testify to? That He, God, has given a gift to all who would accept the gift. We must accept the truth. We need to accept this gift.


A gift is free. If you earn it, or deserve it, it is wages, not a gift.


Whose testimony is it? God’s (verse 8), the Spirit’s (verse 6) and mine (You shall be my witnesses).


What does God testify to? That He, God, has given a gift. Sheldon Cooper is wrong – a gift does not obligate us. If we are obligated it is not a true gift. Society agrees with Sheldon. The world and the flesh agree with Sheldon.


Who are you listening to, the world and the flesh, or Our Creator, God Almighty, the Father of our Lord Jesus, the God who has given eternal life.


What gift? Eternal life. Life that flows from God into His people through the Holy Spirit who whispered in our ear that the gospel message is true. He comes into our hearts, into the throne room of our lives and takes up residence.

What gift? Eternal life


He confirms these truths to us over and over again. He leads us and is to us the guiding force of our lives. He is Lord.

How did God give it this gift of eternal life?

How did He give it? What was it wrapped in? His Son


It was wrapped in the life of His Only Begotten Son. God’s Son came into the world to pay our debt to God. He came to prove to us that God loves us. He came to live and show us how to live. He came to die to show us how to offer ourselves as living sacrifices to the One True God.


John said: 12 “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (NIV)


Accepting the gift gives us life in the Son. Refusing the gift is calling God a liar because His Spirit has whispered in our ear that this is true.


Eternal life is a free gift. Is that just? Only because God paid the debt we owe through the gift of His Son, Jesus, the Christ. It is grace and mercy.


We have this testimony. What will we do with it? What have we done with it?


John said, “9 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.” (NIV)


He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.


Accepting the gift gives us life in the Son. Refusing the gift is calling God a liar because His Spirit has whispered in your ear that this is true.


Eternal life is a free gift. Is that just? Only because God paid the debt we owe through the gift of His Son, Jesus, the Christ. It is grace and mercy.


We accept man’s testimony but God’s is greater. What is God’s testimony? He has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.


Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. The Holy Spirit has spoken to her and has brought life.

Anyone who does not believe is calling God a liar. This is the anti-Christ.


Do you get that? If you refuse to accept the testimony that God has given about how He has given us eternal life through His Son, Jesus, you are calling God a liar and you are anti-Christ.


It is not easy to follow Christ. You must go against what the world tells you to be true. You must go against what your own self tells you is true. Your old man, or the flesh will always lead you away from believing what God wants you to know: that He loves you and that He is your Lord.

It is not natural for us to accept these truths. Until God comes in you will resist. He is Lord, but the flesh wants to be in control. The world, all those others who are living without the influence of God in their lives, will lead you away from accepting the truth that God wants you to know.


Following Christ and believing will take you to marvelous heights of joy and peace. This peace will go with you through the valley of the shadow of death. When we go through difficult times, God will be there. Sometimes the flesh will tell you otherwise, but you must cling to the truth that God, His Spirit, and the church has given testimony to.


11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (NIV)


What are you doing with the testimony God has given?


He calls us to come to Him and lay down our heavy load and take up His yoke. His yoke is easy and light. Eternal life is a gift. Stop trying to earn it. Believe the truth. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and begin walking with Him every day of your life.