The Testimony of the Father Concerning the Son - 1 John 5:6-12

Our text for today is1 John 5:6-12,

This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree. 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. 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. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Throughout this letter it has been stressed that we must believe certain facts about Jesus. For example:

  • In 1 John 1:1-3: He is the word of life. He is the eternal life. He was with the Father. He is the Christ.

  • In 1 John 2:22-23: The one who confesses the Son has the Father also.

  • In 1 John 4:2-3: Those who profess Jesus Christ are from God.

  • In 1 John 4:15: Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him.

  • In 1 John 5:1, 5: We are told that everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God and they are loved by God. And those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God overcome in this world.

John has emphasized these things because God demands that we believe the truth about Jesus Christ if we are to have a relationship with Him and if we are to have fellowship with Him.

In 1 John 5:9-12the Father is giving testimony concerning His Son. The word that is used for ‘testimony’ or ‘witness’ is a legal term. God is giving personal eyewitness testimony concerning His Son Jesus Christ. The Father does this five times in our text.

  • In verse 9, “If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater…

  • In verse 9, “...for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning His Son.

  • In verse 10, “Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself.

  • In verse 10, “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.

  • In verse 11, “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in the Son.”

In 1 John 5:9 we read, “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.

It is wonderful when the Holy Spirit uses believers as an instrument through which the gospel comes. Paul gives a great example in 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6 of how God uses ordinary believers, the Holy Spirit and the message concerning Christ to save sinners. He says, “For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit…

Another way of considering how the testimony of God is greater than the testimony of men is found in John 4. In this text Jesus ministers to a Samaritan woman and when she returned to the city many believed her testimony concerning Christ. But when Jesus stayed in their village and spoke with them for two days they said, “‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.’” (John 4:42)

Let me ask you a few questions to consider within your own heart.

  1. Is your faith resting upon the testimony of men or upon the foundation of God’s Word?

  2. Is your faith resting upon the testimony of a denomination or upon the testimony of the Father?

  3. Is your faith resting upon the testimony of your family upbringing or upon the inner testimony of the Spirit? (10)

  4. Is your faith resting upon your own wisdom or upon the gospel concerning Jesus Christ?

  5. Can you say with the apostle John, “If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater.

In1 John 5:10we read, “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 th