9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God: that he has borne concerning his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony, that God gave 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. 1 John 5:9-12
In these verses, John says something we all might think we “know”, but maybe don’t let resonate: He says that the testimony of God is greater than the testimony of man.
It’s as if John is saying that he can talk all he wants, that he can write letters all day and try to convince us of things, but in the end, God has all the testimony He needs already. God provides enough proof on his own that Jesus is the Son of God, without us needing to break things down further, scrambling for more evidence to convince our friends and family.
John tells us that if we believe, God even puts this proof, this enough-ness inside of us, so we carry it around with us all the time. We don’t need to scramble, we don’t need to come up with more evidence on our own that Jesus is the Son of God.
John gets bold again here with the next verse: Whoever does not believe God (about Jesus being the Son of Man) has made him a liar.
Or, more plainly, John is saying that those who don’t believe in God don’t know the truth.
We live in a world that loves relativism, that loves to say, “Your truth is your truth, and my truth is my truth.” We live in a world that is being coaxed into sleep, comforted into a daze instead of confronted with God.
John is telling us in these statements that there is one truth. Only one, the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. This distinction is hard, and black and white, and as a daughter of the age of relativism, it makes me uncomfortable: But I can’t deny that this is what John is telling us.
This is the truth that God, His Son, and John are all claiming to us: God gave us eternal life, which can only be acquired through his Son. If you have the Son, you have eternal life. If you don’t, you do not.
There is a sober mediation over these verses today, a seriousness in this part of the letter that sits differently than some of his previous passages. I pray that we would get the chance to mediate over this today, to sit still, cease striving, and let God’s truth penetrate our hearts. Would Jesus reveal what this means for our individual life and those around us.