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Lesson # John 5:31-32
Study Material - John 5:31-32
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
31 'If I alone bear witness of Myself, My testimony is not true. 32 'There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the testimony which He bears of Me is true.
Everything that Jesus says is of course absolute truth. However, when a person gives testimony about them self it is typical of the audience to discount that information, unless and until that information is confirmed by at least a couple of other parties.
This gives the information credibility when it can be confirmed independently from the source of the one giving the original testimony. You can go around telling everyone that you are a really nice person, and some will believe you to a point. When others tell them that you are a really nice person, then your reputation is supported based on those independent testimonies. Of course people are fickle and it only takes an instance or two where someone who doesn't like you will tell lies or half truths about you, then your reputation is immediately brought into suspicion. We can all be targets of gossip. But then gossipy people sooner or later prove that their tales about others are less than honest and they discredit themselves. This often saves ones reputation sooner or later among those who are open minded. There are always those who will believe the lies regardless of the proof against those lies.
Jesus testifies about Himself. He has many other sources that testify regarding His identity, and when these are all brought together, then there is irrefutable proof that He is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and therefore God Himself, and man, all wrapped up in one person, the unique person of the universe. Where did the unique concept come from? Deu. 6:4, 'Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one (unique)!' It dates back to the time of Moses and really even before that. Jesus Christ has always existed, and has always been unique.
Many explanations in the Bible are put in the context of a court argument. It takes two witnesses to substantiate an event or a set of circumstances in litigation. Much of Satan's actions in this angelic conflict are framed in court room terminology. Satan, after all, is in his appeal with respect to his judgment to the lake of fire. That sentence has not been carried out yet.
Jesus is in a debate against folks that simply do not like Him. He is making His case in the open, in public, that all may hear Him. Those against Him will return to their shadows and plot out of the public eye and try to convict Him based on their biased lies. You can well imagine the stir that is running through the self righteous people in the crowd after hearing all of these words from Jesus. They are just horrified and shocked beyond belief in their phony attitudes regarding Jesus' words.
There are other witnesses.
Some immediately think of the Father, but we will see in verse 37, that no one has ever seen or heard from the Father. We see the Father by looking at Christ. Christ is a mirror of the Father. So Jesus will list human witnesses. Those are things that we can relate to, but there is another witness and that is the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit has an important role in history in that all doctrine, all revelation from God is communicated to man through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the divine author of the Word of God. People wrote these words down on paper or whatever material they had available to them, but the words come to man in perfect accuracy from the Holy Spirit. This guarantees that all we receive from God is perfect and accurate, by means of our fellowship status (that is, when we are in fellowship, then the Holy Spirit is in control of our soul). Thus all spiritual information we receive is not merely academic information, but is funneled through the human spirit and into our soul with perfect clarity. Apart from this grace means of perception, man would perceive all spiritual information as nonsense (silliness to the unbeliever). There are many passages covering this topic, 2 Sam. 23:2, 2 Tim. 3:16, 2 Pet. 1:20+, Jn. 14:16, 15:26, Eph. 3:19, 4:13, 2 Pet. 1:8.
By so doing, the Hoy Spirit too, becomes a witness to the person of Christ, since the subject of the Bible is Jesus Christ, from Gen. 1 to Rev. 22. Christ is the only access point to the Godhead, and specifically to the Father. There is no other means of access to God.
Remember that this is an important point of doctrine. The Holy Spirit is often associated with some very emotional and bizarre activities in some churches. These are all phony, Hollywood and meant to impress the ignorant and naive. No gargling or seizure activity should be interpreted as some culmination or interaction with God. Too many folks have been misled by wrong interpretations of the many passages regarding tongues and such.
There is only one access to God, and that is through Jesus Christ. Those testifying of Christ are of course the Father, He originated the Divine Plan for history, and now we are beginning to be introduced to the Holy Spirit who communicates all doctrine to mankind. The Spirits ministry is an unseen unfelt ministry. It is one of a spiritual realm, not of an emotional realm.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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