“9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son.10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.” (I John 5:9-10)
John sets forth in I John 5:6-12 six evidences that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The first three evidences are the Spirit, the water and the blood.
As we have often noted in reading the Scriptures observantly, words which are repeated occur so for emphasis. This is certainly the case in today’s text with the word testimony.
Testimony (μαρτυρίαν; martyrian) is a derivative of the familiar word testify, which we observed in I John 5:6-8. A testimony may refer to the content of a witness to an event or crime. It may also refer to the reputation of the witness. One’s verbal testimony may be contingent upon one’s behavior and reputation.
John argues that the verbal testimony and reputation of men pale in comparison to God. In other words, God’s testimony is greater than man’s in source, status and significance. It is a more reliable testimony because God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18).
Therefore, John alleges that whoever does not trust in, commit to, depend upon and honor and worship Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is in effect calling God a liar. This is the individual who does not believe what the Bible says about sin and salvation.
One commentator writes that “To reject Jesus as God’s Son is equivalent to charging God with perjury. It is that simple and John is that straightforward.” In other words, we cannot have belief in God if at the same time we do not have faith in Christ.
John Calvin writes, “God deserves to be believed much more than men. We can have no faith in God, except by believing in Christ, because God sets Him alone before us and makes us to stand in Him.”
How many times have people responded to your question of whether they have faith in Christ with the statement, “I believe in God.” John is saying that if you do not believe in Christ, you really do not believe in God.
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!