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Three Witnesses – Blog Post and Podcast

July 21, 2018

I John 5:6-12 (CSB),Jesus Christ—he is the one who came by water and blood, not by water only, but by water and by blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and these three are in agreement. If we accept human testimony, God’s testimony is greater, because it is God’s testimony that he has given about his Son. 10 The one who believes in the Son of God has this testimony within himself. The one who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 The one who has the Son has life. The one who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Just imagine that you are in a courtroom, where you have found yourself on trial. If you are convicted, the sentence is death, but if you are acquitted, death can never be held over you, ever again. The charges are many, but they are all rolled into one, big charge, called sin. You know you are guilty. It’s clear that you’ve sinned. Yet Someone came forward and offered to represent you, Someone who said just tell the truth and trust Me, and everything will be ok.

The prosecution, led by the Chief Accuser, has called many witnesses. Each one of them has charges against you of sin in one shape, form or fashion. With the testimony of each one, you just shake your head, because you know everything they have said is true. You are a sinner and Scripture has declared that the wages of sin is death. You are completely sure that this is not going to have a happy ending.

As each witness testifies, and the prosecution mounts its case, the Judge turns to your Defense Attorney and says, “your witness”. Each and every time, your Defender says, “no questions, Your Honor. We have no argument against these.”

Unbelievable, you think! You are sweating, your blood pressure is going up, your anxiety is getting stronger and stronger – yet your Defense Attorney continues to put his hand on your shoulder and say, “trust me, believe in me, I’ve got you covered.” Yet, all of the evidence points to the fact that you are surely headed to a death sentence.

Now it’s time for the Defense to put you on the stand. You are losing hope, but you know that your only choice is to trust your Defender, and He has assured you, so you take the stand.

Your Defender asks you, “Is there anything you can offer in your defense to answer these charges?” You think to yourself “what a question? Isn’t He supposed to defend me?” But then you remember that He said for you to trust Him and be truthful, and you really have no other choice at this point, so you answer the question truthfully. “No, Your Honor, I don’t have anything to offer as my defense. The charges are true. I’ve sinned with my words, with my actions, my thoughts, my desires and my intent at times. I’m guilty.”

Then, your Defender rises up and addresses the court. “Your Honor, I would like to offer 3 witnesses to answer for the charges against my client.” The Judge says, “this is highly unusual, but I know You to be totally true and trustworthy, so I’ll allow it”.

Your defender says, in the Old Testament, a case was solidified if it was accompanied by the testimony of 2-3 witnesses. I’ll refer you to Deuteronomy 19:15, “One witness cannot establish any iniquity or sin against a person, whatever that person has done. A fact must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.”

Your Defender states, I have 3 witnesses to call on behalf of the Accused

  1. First is the Holy Spirit of God – it is the Holy Spirit that draws, teaches, convicts, reveals Truth.
  2. Second is the Baptism of Jesus Christ. Though Jesus never sinned, He was baptized to identify with the sinner, in the need for the sinner to die to self, have sin buried, and being resurrected to walk in newness of life in Christ
  3. The final witness is the Blood of Christ, the Crucifixion. Without blood there is no remission of sin. Only a sinless man could die for the sins of another man and that’s what He did.

This courtroom scene is fictitious, but the facts remain

  • The Accuser is Satan Himself
  • The Accused of course is you
  • The Defender is Jesus Christ
  • The Righteous Judge is Jehovah God

Because all of us come to the Father through the Son, the Righteous Judge accepts these three witnesses presented by the Defender, His Son and the charges are dropped with no hope of appeal. The text tells us that your testimony is good, but God’s testimony is greater – in fact, it’s the greatest. Child of God, you have three witnesses who will always testify for you. Walk in the victory of being a child of God today.

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

 

 

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