Wednesday 5 December, 2018

1 John 5:6-12

6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given 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.

Late in the first century a pseudo-Christian religion called Gnosticism was teaching that it was impossible for Jesus to be divine and a real person at the same time. 1 John was written to help early Christians refute Gnosticism using checks, balances, and tests of doctrine. However, this makes some of what is said difficult for us to understand today.

To be honest, I am not sure what some of this passage means, but I was struck by one idea.

‘Whoever has the Son has life’. – So, what does this mean, ‘has the Son’?

I am sure there is a higher meaning, but for me, the simple outworking of this verse is ‘if you have someone then that person plays an influential role in your life’.

To ‘have a doctor’ is to seek medical advice from a capable practitioner who has agreed to help you, to listen to them and act on their advice.

So, I have asked myself what role the Son plays in my life. Is He an advocate, a counsellor, a teacher, a provider and for each of these roles, how much time am I spending seeking out, listening to, and acting on His advice?

What role does He play in your life?

Lord, I thank you that you have given us eternal life but please help us to allow you to play a greater role in our daily lives! Amen

Written by David Newton

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