An Opinion or A Witness? Which is the More Reliable?

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God is a greater witness than a person, wouldn’t you say?

…whether that man or woman be expressing their thoughts, opinions, beliefs, reasonings, or interpretations on religious matters?

So the question…

Is Jesus the ONLY Way to God and Eternal Life?  

Jesus said that he was The Way…The Truth…The Life.. and that no man could come unto the Father but by Him. (John 14:6)  Was he telling the truth?

Well, Let’s hear A Witness…That’s how we expose a lie when in court, right?

Let’s hear what God the Father, Himself, has to say: 

Let’s take a look at this passage of I John 5:9-20 which is powerful to dispel the lie that there are many ways to God and eternal life. Feel free to look it up in your bible, yet because we are a society of bullet points, I have broken up this passage using them for emphasis, while keeping the text and punctuation totally intact, so that you may see more clearly its truth:

Here is the scripture, I John 5:9-20:

  • If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater:
  • for this is the witness of God which He hath testified of His Son:
  • he that believes on the Son of God hath the witness in himself:
  • he that believes not God hath made Him a liar; because he believes not the record that God gave of his Son.
  • And this is the record: that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
  • He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
  • These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
  • And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, He hears us:
  • And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.
  • If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and He shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
  • All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
  • We know that whosoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touches him not.
  • And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
  • And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is trueand we are in Him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

One of the biggest lies out in the world is that there is more than one way to God and more than one way to eternal life. This “lie” is really antichrist (against Christ).  This lie has everyone around us questioning…the true God?

Doubting that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One, and the only way to God being through His shed blood and abiding in His Name, causes people to try this and try that, and look into this religion and that one, and they become more and more confused as to what is the truth.  They exchange the witness of the true God himself for the opinion of man, especially if this or that person or argument or perspective has “impressed him”…BUT I repeat the scripture Romans 3:4, “Let God be true, but every man a liar.” That is, Let us believe all men’s words and opinion are fallible, rather than God to speak what is not true! The word tells us God cannot lie(See Titus 1:2) Therefore, He is indeed a reliable witness, is He not?

Do not doubt what God has spoken, though you may see hypocritical speech or behavior around about you. Our passage tells us true believers are kept from sin. Or do you happen to “like someone” who is impressing upon you their Anti-Christ philosophies…(meaning they are against Christ as God’s only way to eternal life)? Is their logic and reasoning causing you to side with “an opinion” and not “God’s witness”?  Are you already aligning yourself with the AntiChrist spirit which is upon the world, rather than siding with God?

I John 2:22-23 says, “I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.”  

I John 4:3 says, “every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.”

The first-given, bulleted passage of 1 John 5 is written for those believers who will call on the name of Jesus to be saved and to be answered in their prayers of faith…and my prayer is that unbelievers will also become believers by reading THE TRUTH… And the confidence and assurance of a true believer CAN be theirs too, upon receiving Christ as Lord.

God’s main emphasis? He tells us we, as believers, can know…we are His…and that eternal life… is indeed Ours!

Do you see all the “know” references? (in the scripture I just revealed to you at the bullet points?) I encourage you to read them again, please…

Now look at the last verse in particular:

  • And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is trueand we are in Him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Can you see that God, who bears witness in this passage, is trying to get you to understand that Jesus is TRUE?  we are in Him, who is the TRUE God?  and is Eternal Life? how many times does can one verse say this?… answer: enough so that we will “know”, I suppose, as believers, that ours is the true God. (smile)

We ought not to entertain the ideas of other religions, alternative lifestyles, new age experimentation, questioning continuously our own faith.  We can stand on solid ground, and establish ourselves in our faith. We can simply BELIEVE WHAT GOD HAS SAID in the Holy Scriptures concerning His Son, and the only way to He, the Father!” He is the greatest “witness” to his own Sonfor God is the greatest “being” of all! Again, I repeat, God cannot lie.  He should know what His Son has purchased for us in dying on the cross and shedding his blood…don’t you think? The word says concerning Jesus, His Son:  “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

Now… with the words of God’s testimony embraced… Believers, you can REST in your salvation.  Put on that helmet of Salvation and protect your mind from “incoming” lies and doubts and questionings that you as a believer in Christ Jesus have somehow “missed it”.  You do not need to know more of “the world and its philosophies”! Quit seeking when you HAVE the answer, if you have already once believed in Christ. What you need is to know more of is “the Word and God’s statements” about His own creation and plan, and His plans and purposes for each of us…so you can stand…against the lies, and be a witness too, speaking to others of Christ Jesus.

I encourage you…Go after God, and stand firm!

Believe and be made strong, if you are already a Believer. Pray, believing God hears! Speak believing others will hear! Stand in your conviction, as the Spirit empowers you.

And if you are not yet a believer in Christ, TODAY is the day!

Simply Believe the above passage, and what God says, and YOU CAN KNOW TOO… that CHRIST is The Lord, and ETERNAL LIFE is yours, in Him.  It is quite simply, a choice to Believe God and what He himself declares of His Son, and then you HAVE eternal life, immediately within…yet you will then grow in Grace and Knowledge of God and his Son Jesus Christ…and sin is removed as you yield to His workings within your heart…and His Grace gives you righteousness, joy, and peace.  

Being confident, and “knowing” for certain of your salvation, and eternal security, you will then have the power to walk the walk of Being HIS…for Christ’s Spirit then dwells within you, that you may Know Him.

I will close with this confirmation….from another scripture passage:

John 17:3 Now this is ETERNAL LIFE: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Let’s not heed man’s opinion but rather embrace God’s witness.

Written by Elizabeth Norland, May 28, 2013

 

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*Please share on your own social network, that they may KNOW what God says…in this passage of I John 5…and receive warning about the antichrist spirit now operating in our world, that they may be alert.

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