Valid testimony…

John 5:31-47

 “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true.  You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.  Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved.  He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.  And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.  You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.  But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
 “I do not receive honor from men.  But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.  I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?  Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust.  For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.  But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

Jesus states his works give testimony to who he is, for this is the work of the Father and the Son is completing it.  God gave promise to Abraham and the prophets that he would send his Son to complete the work started on earth, to do what had to be done to redeem back His creation to him.  Jesus states his Father gives testimony to who he is but we have not heard the voice of God, we have not seen Him, and we do not believe the one He sent, Jesus. Jesus states the Scriptures give testimony to who he is and we study the Scriptures believing they will provide eternal life yet do not believe Jesus who does give the eternal life sought in the scriptures.  Jesus comes in the name of the Father, and we do not believe him, yet we will believe one who comes in their own name.  Jesus states we will believe Moses but not what he wrote about Jesus and because we do not believe that we do not believe what Jesus says.

Point by point, Jesus gives the reasons mankind uses to not believe, not accept him, to their loss.  We can take heed of this and keep ourselves from the traps of disbelief.  Belief in Jesus, who he is, what he does, who sent him and why is what provides a salvation from death that is more than physical, it is spiritual and eternal.


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