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Paul, I just want to thank you so much for your question here. So when it talks about that, first of all, it’s interesting because that phrase, the certainty of God’s witness isn’t part of the Bible. That actually is just a kind of a note above the verse in One John, chapter five, verse six, talking about the Holy Spirit. And so it’s just saying basically it’s just the author’s idea of describing kind of a summary of this verse. So I’ll go ahead and read the verse. It’s One John chapter five and verse six which reads this is he Jesus who came by water and blood, jesus Christ, not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness because the Spirit is truth. And so it’s just talking about basically the certainty of God’s witness. The witness that it’s talking about here is the Holy Spirit. And so what I would just say is that I think what the author is just getting at is that the Spirit is truth. It’s something that talk about the certainty of the witness basically that whatever the Holy Spirit says is going to be truth.
And we know that Jesus talked about this in the book of John, that the Holy Spirit would lead you into all truth. And so I think that that’s more what the author who put this little note here about the verse is getting at, is that the Spirit is certain that whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to will be truth. So if you ever have a question about am I being led by the Holy Spirit, you would have to base it on God’s truth. And basically the only source we have for truth is God’s word. And when you think about the Bible, it says like in Isaiah, chapter eight, verse 20, to the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. And so we know that we have to put our trust in God’s word. And we know that God’s Holy Spirit will only act in accordance to the truth because the Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead. In the next verse in one John five seven, it talks about these three witnesses, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, basically that these are one and so they’re not going to disagree with one another.
So basically when Jesus said in John chapter I’m the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by me. John, I just forgot the verse 18.
But I don’t think that one’s 18.
Anyway, Jesus says I’m the way, the truth and the life. So Jesus calls himself the truth, but Jesus also calls the Holy Spirit truth. And we see Jesus calling the Spirit, the spirit of truth. And so it’s very important that we can understand that God’s spirit is a spirit who leads us into truth. The Spirit is all about the truth, and it leads us to Jesus, who is the truth. So it’s just all interconnected. So again, just knowing that when we obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, we’re obeying the voice of truth and we’re obeying the voice of God. And so we can be certain and we can trust God in his word and trust God in his leading by His Holy Spirit. So I hope that answers your question. I don’t know, Jay or Wendy, if you have any other thoughts on that.
I thought that was good. And there’s just one other thing I’d add to that, which is and maybe said I missed it, but there’s this concept in the Bible that anything could be established by two or three witnesses. So if you look at, like, Deuteronomy 1915, it says, one witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity or sin, in any sin that he sends. But then it says, by the mouth of two or three witnesses, the matter shall be established. And we see this 12345 verses in the Bible repeat this concept. Even in the New Testament, one Timothy five, one nine, Paul says, against an elder, received not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. And so this concept became ingrained in the Jewish law. So Jesus’time even, yeah, you can have just one person testify. You needed two, maybe ideally three. So how does God do things? God doesn’t give just one witness. He doesn’t do just two. It’s being hammered home here in this John five. So he’s saying that you got the blood in the water, right? So Jesus pierced them and out came both. And there’s much that we can pack with that.
You have the Holy Spirit. So Jesus was here on earth in flesh and blood. He testified. Then you have the Holy Spirit that testifies. And then you have, in fact, ironically, John the writer testifying. You have hundreds of witnesses. You have all the people in the Bible. Even us today can be witnesses affirming the study of God’s witness. So that’s an aspect there that’s being reinforced there. Even in verse eight one, John five, it says, and there are three that bear witness on earth, the Spirit, the blood and the water. Yeah, there’s three. So not just one. And Jesus even talks about this is the amazing thing about the Godhead, right, there’s three. God isn’t just one. So God, you don’t have like the Father just telling you about the Father. God now has more credibility because the Son Jesus can show up, tell us about the Father, Holy Spirit can tell us about the Father and Jesus. And then you get this whole cycle of them telling us each other. And now even God is more credible. The godhead blows my mind.
That’s so true. And the verse I was thinking of too, it goes along with that so well, talking about the Father, Son and Spirit and how they’re all truth. And it says in John 1526, it says, but when the helper whom I shall send to you from the Father, the spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify of me, and that me is Jesus. And so again, you see the Father sending the Spirit and the Spirit telling you about Jesus, and then Jesus bringing you to the Father because no one comes to the Father but through Jesus. And so again, it’s just this interconnected, consistent, reliable God that we serve. And we’re just so grateful. I’m so grateful to know that we have a God that understands, that is consistent, that is reliable, that no matter what, we can always go to Him. And whether we are as we grow in our understanding of who God is, we can grow in our relationship with Him. And it’s beautiful because God, Father, Son, we see that family aspect to Him. And when you think of God as your Father, that fulfills a part of your heart that only God put there, but then God is Jesus as the Savior, as somebody close to you, and he calls us his husband and we’re his bride, there’s that part of your heart that God fulfills.
And there’s a spirit of truth, the helper, this friend, this person that’s just supportive of you. There’s just these beautiful parts of God that God put a hole in our hearts, each aspect of who he is. And I just think that’s such a beautiful thing that God knew we needed when he created us and knew we needed in our relationship with Him. Amen.
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