Scripture Reading: 1 John 5
To testify means to serve as evidence or proof of something’s existence or of it being the case. Throughout the day each day, in a variety of places, people testify.
For many, you can think of a time when a coworker testified to you about what happened in a work meeting that you missed. Or perhaps you can recall a time when one of your children testified about the argument they were having in the other room with their sibling. If you’ve recently watched the History Channel or Discovery Channel, you may have had the opportunity to watch a Sasquatch hunter testify on the existence of Big Foot.
Most often, when we think of the word “testify”, we think of a witness giving their testimony in court. Sometimes entire cases hinge on one person’s account of an event. When a witness testifies what happened, how it happened, and who was involved in making it happen, it provides vital evidence for one of the sides trying to prove their case. Once a witness shares their account of things, listeners then have to determine whether the witness is credible.
Credible means believable, convincing. The credibility of the witness that testifies is essential to both sides of a case. The side that has its case supported by a witness’s testimony will tell you the witness is trustworthy, good, and honest. They will share that their motives for testifying are pure and that they were in the right place at the right time, and capable of witnessing the event.
The opposite side will tear down the witness and try to prove they are not trustworthy. They will try to show the witness has a history of lying, or that they have a false motive and something to gain from lying, or that they were not capable of knowing what happened.
1 John 5:11-12
11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.
In today’s reading we see God has testified that eternal life is possible for us through his Son, Jesus. And if we believe and trust in him, we have life. This good news comes from the ultimate witness, God, who is credible in every way. He is pure and true. He never lies.
In Proverbs 30:5, it says, “Every word of God proves true.” God’s motives are good and he is full of integrity. He wants what’s best for us. And finally, God is more than capable. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and always present. Today we can celebrate that we can trust what God has testified to because he is trustworthy.
Who is someone in your life that you would describe as credible and trustworthy? What is it about them that makes you feel they are credible? Do you trust God and believe what he says in 1 John 5?
God says that we have life through his Son, Jesus. If you have questions about that or are unsure about who Jesus is, I encourage you to pursue answers.
Dear God, you are an awesome God who is worthy of my praise and worship. You are honest and pure in everything you do. Thank you for giving your Son as a sacrifice so that we may have life. And thank you for testifying that Jesus is all that we need. Today, I ask for help as I trust you more and more with every area of my life. I love you. Amen.
This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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