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He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself.
1 John 5:10
First I am to receive the witness of God, and only after that am I likely to have the evidence and the witness within myself. The Lord Himself said, “If any man will do his [God’s] will, he shall know of the doctrine” (John 7:17). So if you want to be certain, believe first, and then you will be certain.
So this question of order is a vitally important one. Believe God, and then have the belief within yourself. To reverse the order would be insulting to God. Someone may say, “Well, I will only believe if I have proof.” But God says, “I ask you to believe because I am speaking”; so not to believe is dishonoring to Him. To try to insist that you must have proof is to detract from His glory. So first I must believe because God is the witness; and if I do, then I shall have the witness of the Spirit within myself.
The other practical thing, of course, is just to learn exactly what believing His evidence means, and here John puts it in a very few words: “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself.” Oh, what important words these are; what an important word is that little word “on”! John does not mean us to say, “Well, on the whole I am satisfied with the evidence, and I am prepared to believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God.”
That is not it! “He that believeth on the Son of God…” Such a person has abandoned himself to Him. He has surrendered to Him. You may not realize the full implications of the statement, but you hand over your whole life into the strong arms of the Son of God. And you will very soon have the witness. You will know who He is, and all your uncertainties will have gone. Jesus is not only the Christ—He is the Son of God, the Messiah, the deliverer of the world.
A Thought to Ponder
First I must believe because God is the witness; then I shall have the witness of the Spirit within myself.
From Life in God, pp. 88-89.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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