the Testimony of Christ

The Testimony of Christ:

John 3:31-36 He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true."

In verses 31-36, John (most likely the Apostle) testifies the truthfulness of God's message being conveyed in Christ. Because Jesus is from above, His words are superior to those of John the Baptist, for Jesus came from heaven, and He came with the message of God. Jesus was more than just a prophetic voice; He was a divine messager sent by God to convey God's divine message to us. Tragically, rather than accept His message, people rejected Him. John takes us back to chapter 1 that the Light came into the world, but people did not receive Him or His message.

Throughout the gospel of John, John affirms that God is always reliable and His message is valid, timeless, and unalterable (John 5:32; 14:6; 18:37). To accept the message of Christ is to certify that God is always truthful. Or, to put it differently, since God is always truthful, His divine Son must also be true. To accept Christ is then to affirm the veracity of His message. The word "to set his seal" is to guarantee, to demonstrate by authentic proof the truth or validity of something." Accepting and believing in Christ begins by decisively affirming and for all time that God is true, and the message of Christ is valid.

This affirmation is critical in a post-modern world where truth is subjective and subject to constant change. Even within the church, some argue that truth mutates and changes as culture and society change. But this contradicts the message Christ conveys. Since Christ is from God and is God, and since God is always truthful and utterly devoid of any falsehood, then it follows that Christ can only speak what is true and correct. To say that truth changes over time implies that Christ's message is false. Truth can only change if it is proven to be untrue. As D.A. Carson in his commentary on John summarizes, "Jesus so completely says and does all that God says and does, and only what God says and does, that to believe Jesus is to believe God. Conversely, not to believe Jesus is to call God a liar."

However, Christ is not only sent by God to speak God's words, but The Holy Spirit also empowers him in His life, ministry, and message, which further gives Him authority. In Christ, the whole Trinity is present and communicates God's truth to us. Since Christ is faithful and true, we are left with either believing in Him or rejecting Him. We face the decision to either accept His message as true or to reject His message as false. There is no middle ground. If his message is false, then he is untrustworthy and deceptive. However, this choice has eternal consequences. To reject Christ and reject His message is to rebel against God and thus face the wrath of God (vs. 36).

We are now confronted with the choice; will we believe Christ and accept His message or reject it as irrelevant and false? Are we going to live by His message or reject His message? Unfortunately, we live in a time when people no longer have any hope for discovering the truth. Because people prove to be false, we assume God and His word must also contain falsehood. However, Paul rightly points out, "God must prove to be true, though every person be found a liar" (Romans 3:4). We do not trust the news; we see politicians twist the truth to fit their agenda. However, rather than despair, we can look to Christ and the Bible as the source of truth. In the Bible, we find God's truth, a truth that is unqualified, unchangeable, immutable, and enduring for all times.

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