Abide in the Way (1 John 5:6-12)

ww23“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.  He would either be a lunatic- on the level of a man who says he is a poached egg- or …..the devil……or [our] Lord and God”    C. S. Lewis

Have you heard it said that there are many ways to God or to heaven?  Have you ever tried to understand that very saying in light of what Scripture says? I wanted to examine this statement in view of what God’s Word has to say and my findings were no less than obvious and overwhelming.  This week’s devotional takes us to 1 John 5: 6-12 where John gives us overwhelming proof that there can be only one way to abide in God.  Just as the quote from C.S. Lewis above, and actually anyone who makes the claims that Jesus made would have to be “a lunatic, liar, or Lord”[i].  Jesus never claimed to be anything that He was not (see 1 Peter 2:22). Yet so many of us both then and now struggle with a truth so powerful that it must have come from God Himself.  Why else would a man come to earth, do what He did, and say what He said unless there was more to the story?!  In verse 6 we read that Jesus comes to us by both blood and water, having been born of a virgin and having been baptized.  Yes, this is indeed compelling but lacks something such as a witness to such events.  In verse 7 the Apostle makes it clear that three have come as witnesses to such events and the Spirit is the third. In verse 9,  John writes that at that time for an event to be fact, there must be at least three witnesses. For us today, it seems, if someone does not see it firsthand, then it is as if it never happened and they discard it as a myth.  So why it is that man will accept another man’s testimony yet doubt the very word of God?  This is due in part to restless and rebellious hearts which lead to sin!  Jeremiah explains it very well in his book in chapter 5: 19-31.  Sin has always been the issue and without true and genuine repentance and a deep relationship with God our sin problem will erode our very being and cause catastrophic death, from which the only result is an eternity in the worst form and fashion one could possibly imagine.  So what is the answer to this… how can we prevent this from happening?  John writes the answer in verses 10-12.  Verse 10 shows us that whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself.  Whoever does not believe in God has made him a liar because he has not believed in the testimony that God was born, concerning His Son.  Verses 11 and 12 follow, and this 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. For sure, there is no middle ground here in this passage.  There is only one way to eternal life and that is through the Son of God.  The testimony here is that eternal life truly comes from the one and true living God who only wishes to give you what this world could not now nor ever and that is a peace.  My prayer for you this week is to allow God to give you such peace, openly receive it, and stop letting the weight of this world weigh you down.  May the words of Paul comfort you this week as you seek God at every turn.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

This week’s devotional was written by JR Rouse. He graduated from Crossroads Bible College this past May and is pursuing pastoral ministry.

[i] Craig, William Lane, Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, revised edition, 1994, pp. 38-39.

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