God’s Great Rescue Plan was inconceivable. Only He knew what He was up to! Now, after the fact, His testimony stands firm. Let’s start with that testimony:
11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
The strength of this testimony can be seen in the next verse:
12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
On what is it based? THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST. Let’s look:
6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify:8 the[a] Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
There are three elements to this testimony:
- The water- This reference is to His physical body being born. The amniotic fluid that surrounds the embryo is mostly water. There is also a reference to water when Jesus was pierced by the spear in His side. The sac surrounding the heart is also filled with water and was punctured along with his heart–a sure sign of His death.
- The blood- This reference is to His purpose, which was to be the sin sacrifice for us (2 Cor. 5:21). The entire sacrificial system was designed as a picture of what Christ would do for us–had already done for us. One of the mind-blowing verses in the Bible is Revelation 13:8, which says, “…the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” How God did it, I don’t know, but we were redeemed before the world ever began and the Fall ever happened! EVERYONE is judged according to the CROSS: Those who looked forward to it and we who look back on it.
- The Spirit- The third Person of the Trinity. He came down in ceremonial form on Jesus in the form of a dove when He was baptized (Matt. 3:16), thus officially beginning His ministry. His Father was very pleased with Him, “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.” One might go so far as to say that Jesus fulfilled the Law and the Old Covenant by living 30 years righteously, something that no one up to that point had done. Upon His baptism and the receiving of the Holy Spirit (ceremonially)*, He ushered in the New Covenant. From that point on, everything pointed to the Cross and salvation through Him.
Again and again, Jesus told them that if they didn’t believe His message, to at least believe the miracles that testified about Him (John 10:25, 32, 37, 38, 14:11). Those who refuse to believe make Jesus out to be a liar, which makes God a liar, as well. NOT A GOOD THING! They have moved from standing in front of the Judge’s bench to the Judge’s seat–which is reserved for God alone! Mankind can be so arrogant.
John ends this discussion by summarizing Christ’s life:
11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Salvation is simple–not easy, but simple. We believe Jesus. We prove we believe Him by walking with Him continuously and obeying Him. We have the Spirit, who is Jesus, who is God, living in us and communing with us. What more could we ask?!
*Who can explain Jesus? He was God, yet human. He was sinless, which made Him eligible to be the Passover Lamb; He was human, which made Him eligible to be our sin sacrifice; He was one with God through the Spirit. I see the Spirit coming down on Jesus at His baptism as a ceremonial filling, an outward sign of an inward reality, identically to our baptism: An outward sign of an inward reality, which is “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” Col. 1:27. When we graduated from high school, we received a diploma in a ceremony that testified that we had met the requirements set before us. It was the same when I received my black belt in Karate. The belt verified that I knew what it took to be a black belt and had demonstrated my knowledge and skill. Baptism is our testimony of the transformation and indwelling inside us. It doesn’t DO anything to us; it shows WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE!