I John: Six Witnesses. Part 5.

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 5:10)

John sets forth in I John 5:6-12 six evidences that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The first four evidences are the Spirit, the water, the blood and God the Father.

The fifth evidence to the identity of Jesus Christ is the believer’s own testimony of conversion. This fifth witness is distinctively different from the previous four because it is an internal witness. It is the witness by the Holy Spirit within the heart or soul of the converted sinner.

When once the sinner rejected Christ, the converted praises and confesses Christ as Savior and Lord. Additionally, the believer seeks to live and be obedient to Christ. This occurs only by a supernatural new-birth or regeneration (John 1:1-3; Titus 3).

Romans 8:16 says, The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God.”

Romans 10:9-10 says, because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Galatians 4:6 says, And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

Dr. John MacArthur explains that, “It is the Holy Spirit’s work to confirm to believers their adoption as God’s children (see note on Rom. 8:15). Assurance of salvation is a gracious work of the Holy Spirit and does not come from any human source. Abba! Is an Aramaic term of endearment, used by young children to speak to their fathers; the equivalent of the word “Daddy.”

The Apostle John is not just pointing to historical evidence regarding the identity of Jesus Christ, but also of the believer’s present testimony of conversion. Both are necessary.

But what about the individual who can’t remember a particular point in time when they trusted Christ as their Savior and Lord. To them, they have always known Christ.

One commentator explains that, “Not knowing the exact moment you were converted does not mean you are not saved. A past experience can be helpful, but it is present-day testimony that provides confirmation and assurance that God wants you to enjoy and that your soul longs to have.”

Are you believing in Jesus Christ and only in Christ as your Savior and Lord? This confession becomes a blessed means of assurance that results in you proclaiming that Jesus is the Son of God.

May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.

Soli deo Gloria!

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