If anyone comes a knocking upon your door with any other false doctrine, just show them this passage from God’s Word the Bible. There is no doubt, God the Father, Jesus the Word, and the Holy Spirit are one and the same. There is no need to explain it (I have yet to find anyone who could); this Biblical truth stands alone—no explanation is necessary. Jesus is God and not a created being; period.
“But what about the second sentence of this passage; what is it all about?”
John is declaring that there are three things on earth that bear witness to a Christian’s faith and that they are made known to us by the Spirit, the water, and the blood. These three elements combined are proof-positive for the believer that the first remark made by John is true ~and~ that our faith is real. But what are those three things referring to?
The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God Romans 8:16
By God’s miraculous implanting of His Spirit within us, we intuitively know what is right and what is wrong. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, ‘we might not always be able to express it in words, ’ but that reality does not negate the fact that we ‘know’. As we grow in faith and leap into His word, He will continue to impart to us words to express this discerned truth, but until that time ‘knowing’ is sufficient to continue in our faith walk. I am often reminded of the formerly blind man who had a similar understanding—we recall his assertion when ‘cornered’ about his faith…
One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25
The water of course is a reference to our baptism; that outward declaration we made of what we inwardly believe. I should say however that it is an outward declaration that we ‘continue to make’ (or express in some manner) every single day of our lives. Certainly our initial baptism was a statement to the world that we believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but if our outward display ceases as we exit the Jordan, there is a problem. I know without any doubt [that] when the Christian daily dives into the water (outwardly expressing his or her faith), there will be a renewing of this our spiritual recognition everyday.
It may sound kind of creepy initially, but all this is referring to it the communion of the saints—the gathering around a common table to remember what Christ Jesus has done for us and for mankind. Like the outward expression of baptism, I believe this should be done as the Bible says (and for most of us, that would be three times a day).
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26
These three things are our witness on earth that Jesus is Lord, is Savior, and we (by His grace) are apart of His family. These are also the very things that Jesus commanded us to share in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. What does that look like practically?
Simply put, Jerusalem is our home (and similar areas), Judea are those friendly places we have contact with, and Samaria are those not-so-friendly places we tend to not visit often. “How, ” we might ask, “do we reach the ends of the earth with this Good News?”
Well for certain, there are many ways–pray about it.