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What Do You Believe About Jesus?
By Fred Myers
Published on Feb 20, 2017
What must you must believe about Jesus from God's testimony: Jesus is the Son of God (Diety) Jesus is the Messiah (Savior) 1 Jn 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. It is not the [Spirit], water and blood that provides the knowledge a believer needs in order to have assurance. Rather, it is God the Father’s testimony about His Son, a testimony that clarifies the significance of that which is testified to by the three witnesses. Believing God involves putting one’s trust in what God has said about His Son. Each person must depend on the truthfulness of what God has said for both spiritual birth and life. God’s Word, what He has said in Scripture, is a valid object of faith, being revelatory truth from God who is truth. This is different from faith in a doctrine, which is the product of evaluating what God has said. This is also not faith in the Bible as a written record. Rather, this is ultimately faith in God as one believes His testimony... His testimony is contained in Scripture. However, it is God that faith is directed toward in response to what He has said, not the words themselves that makes faith valid. The first part of God’s testimony is that eternal life is a gift from Him. It is not something earned, a wage (Rom 4:1–4). The second part of God’s testimony is that eternal life is found in His Son. This takes us back to the prologue wherein eternal life is found to be a person, Jesus, and not a possession. This accords with Jesus’ own words wherein He identified Himself as “the resurrection and the life” to Martha (John 11:25) and “the way, the truth, and the life” to His disciples (John 14:6) Thus, God’s testimony that life is in His Son speaks to two aspects of eternal life. No lost person can receive it apart from believing in His Son. No saved person can enjoy it apart from believing in His Son. So, the focus is on the possession of a quality of life that springs forth from the person of life whom one must believe in to either possess or experience that which is possessed.[i] Jn 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 1 Jn 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. Jn 3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. Jn 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. Jn 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Jn 6:47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. [i] Derickson, G. W. (2012). First, Second, and Third John. (H. W. House, W. H. Harris III, & A. W. Pitts, Eds.) (p. 525). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.Read Blog
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