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If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

 

1 John 5:9-13

 

A. The main thing to understand about Jesus Christ is that God the Father is the one who verified or authenticated Him. We need to take notice of what God the Father has said about Him, both in word and in power, by raising Him from the dead. Jesus Christ is the only figure in history not self-authenticated. For example, Muhammad, and such like, were purely self-authenticating. People just took THEIR word for it. There was no authentication from God. We believe Jesus’ claims because we believe the Father’s testimony about Him.

 

B. Therefore, the situation man finds himself in is one of either believing what God says about Jesus, or impugning God as a liar.

 

C. God has given us eternal life, past tense. This eternal life is nothing less and nothing more than the LIFE of Jesus. Because He lives, we live. He is the Vine, we are the branches.

 

D. To have the Son is to have eternal life. It is personalized. It does not say that eternal life is some kind of spiritual force or even an experience. And it is certainly not a religious affiliation or accreditation. It is a Person. If you have this Person you have eternal life.

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