Three Bear Record In Heaven

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1 John 5:6-7 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 7 For there are three that bear record ….

One of my favorite Christmas programs is “Miracle on 34th Street”. Not the modern “remakes” of the movie, but the original 1947 classic that won three Academy Awards. It starred Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood (when she was but 8 years old), and Edmund Gwenn (as Kris Kringle). If you remember the show, Kris Kringle was put on trial because he claimed to be the one and only Santa Claus. The movie climaxed when Kris’ lawyer (Payne) has about 18 sacks of mail brought in from the Post Office, all delivered to the Courthouse by the Post Office. Based on this final “witness” the Judge declared Kris to be sane – and the only Santa Claus.

It’s a cute story – and a fantasy. But it bears what our text is covering today.

Word Study: When our Lord Jesus walked the earth, the name “Jesus” (the Greek iēsous or the Hebrew yᵊhôšûaʿ) was a fairly common name. The name “Jesus” literally means “Jehovah is salvation”, which is also what the Hebrew Joshua means. There were many named “Jesus” who walked the earth at the same time our Jesus did. The well known successor of Moses, Joshua (Hebrew name) was called “Jesus” in the language of the New Testament (see Acts 7:45; Hebrews 4:8). The Apostle Paul ministered with a Jewish Christian named “Jesus, also called Justus” (Colossians 4:11). When Jesus stood before Pilate, Pilate asked the people if they would release Jesus or Barabbas. Some ancient manuscripts tells us that Barabbas was actually named Jesus Barabbas. If so, Pilate was asking the people in effect “Which “Jesus” do you want to release?” They executed our Lord.

Our Jesus told us:

Matthew 24:5, 24 (ESV) For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. … 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

How do we KNOW that OUR Jesus Christ – the One found in the New Testament – is the ONLY WAY to God? The Bible itself establishes the means by how we make this determination. God told His people:

Deuteronomy 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

Had Jesus alone declared Himself to be the Messiah – the Christ – this alone would not be proof that He is Who He says He is. There must be At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, that is, two or three people must declare that they saw and know that Jesus is the Messiah. They must verbally declare Him as Messiah. They must be authoritative. So now Scripture calls its Witnesses:

Jesus Christ Came By WATER And BLOOD

1 John 5:6 This is He that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood.

Word Study: What does it mean that Jesus CAME by WATER and BLOOD”? Let’s deal with the word CAME, the Greek erchomai. This word means “to come from one place to another”. When the Wise men searched for Jesus “born King of the Jews” they told Jerusalem “we have seen His star in the east, and are COME to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2). The Wise Men came from the east – probably from Babylon – hundreds of miles to see Jesus. But Jesus came from much farther away than that. Jesus Christ came to us from Eternity. Jesus CAME by WATER, a phrase used in John 3 by Jesus to represent normal human birth. Jesus said:

John 3:5-6 … Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

To be BORN OF WATER is to be born of the flesh, of a human mother. Jesus was BORN OF WATER of a normal human female – but His birth is unique in that He is born of a virgin. It was prophesied that the Messiah – “God with us” – would be born of a virgin.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Only Jesus Christ fulfilled this prophesy. The Angel of God told Joseph, the husband of Mary:

Matthew 1:21 And {Mary} shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His Name JESUS {God our Savior}: for HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS 22 All this was done, THAT IT MIGHT BE FULFILLED which was spoken of the Lord {in Isaiah 7:14}, BEHOLD, a virgin shall be with Child, and shall BRING FORTH A SON, and they shall call His Name EMMANUEL which being interpreted, GOD WITH US.

Only Jesus Christ is virgin born. Only Jesus Christ is GOD WITH US. Jesus was normally born of water, of woman. But Jesus Christ was conceived of God. The Angel told Mary His mother:

Luke 1:35 … The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

As Eternal God, Jesus was with God the Father and God the Spirit in eternity past. But Jesus “was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us” (John 1:14). Jesus did not COME INTO BEING through Mary, but CAME INTO HUMANITY through Mary. Jesus came of water.

Jesus coming of water not only refers to His supernatural and unique BIRTH, but He CAME INTO HIS MINISTRY through the witness of water baptism.

Jesus was sent by the Father to be the Savior of the world. As Eternal God the Son, Jesus had a Herald that went before Him, that Herald being John the Baptist. John’s ministry was prophesied through Isaiah, just as the virgin birth of Jesus was prophesied (see Isaiah 40:3). The Pharisees and Scribes asked John in he was the Messiah because of his following, and John told them I am NOT the Messiah” (John 1:19). John was the Herald of the Messiah. Our Lord Jesus came to John, and commanded that he baptize Him in water. Though John initially refused (Matthew 3:14), he soon did so. As Jesus came up out of the water the Bible says:

Matthew 3:16-17 when {Jesus} was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

At Jesus’ baptism both God the Father as well as God the Spirit witnessed that He and He alone is the Messiah. Our Lord Jesus came by water. He was sent of God from glory to become flesh on this earth. He came by the water of baptism, receiving the witness of both Father and Spirit.

1 John 5:6 … not by water only, but by water and blood.

Jesus was uniquely born into this world to be our Savior. But Jesus did not come by WATER only, but by water and blood. Why is “BLOOD” important? Because when Adam sinned, God covered Adam’s sin with the blood of the innocent (Genesis 3:21). It is the blood of humans that contains our life force. The Bible says:

Leviticus 17:14 (NLT) … the life of every creature is in the BLOOD …

When Adam sinned, he brought the penalty of death on himself and his progeny. God told Adam “in the day you eat thereof, you shall surely die”. Adam was due death because of his sin, but God gave him an escape by the spilling of blood of the innocent.

God established animal sacrifices that would temporarily cover the sins of humans. These sacrifices were repeated over and over because they were only temporary. A Once and for All Innocent had to come to make payment for our sins. God told Israel under the Old Covenant:

Leviticus 17:11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life …

It is the BLOOD that covers sin – makes atonement for one’s life. The Blood of the guiltless substitute made payment for the sins and shortcomings of the people. Yet these were only temporary. The Bible says:

Hebrews 10:1 (NLT) The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship

God sent His Son Jesus into the world to once and for all fulfill the Law of sacrifice. When Jesus was sent into the world, He told the Father:

Hebrews 10:5 (NLT) … You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer

God the Father was never satisfied with the animal sacrifices, but winked at them until the Lord Jesus Christ came. The Bible says:

Hebrews 1010 (ESV) … we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

It is the Blood of Jesus Christ that “purified our consciences from sinful deeds so we can worship the Living God. Jesus Christ offered Himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins” (Hebrews 9:14, my paraphrase). Jesus came by water so He could enter this life as the unique Messiah. Jesus came by BLOOD to die on Calvary for our sins. We who are saved have …

Revelation 7:14 … washed their robes and made them white in the BLOOD of the Lamb.

One commentary notes:

Believers are cleansed, forgiven, and made right with God by the blood of the Lamb, God’s guiltless substitute. The life that Christ emptied of its blood now pumps everlasting life into our veins. Oh, how astounding it is that God would shed His own blood to pay the penalty for our sins!”

The Three Witnesses In Heaven Lead
To The Indwelling Witness In You

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record ….

There are “THREE THAT BEAR RECORD IN HEAVEN. We spoke of these THREE before. The first Witness in Heaven is God the Father. God spoke from Heaven, saying not just at the Baptism of Christ, but also at the Mount of Transfiguration:

Matthew 17:5 … THIS is My BELOVED SON, in Whom I am well pleased; HEAR YE HIM

The Apostle Peter, the leader of the Apostles, declared that {Jesus} received from God the Father honor and glory {when He spoke from the glory of Heaven, saying} THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, in Whom I am well pleased.The Apostles Peter, Mark, and Matthew all heard and testified of this Voice from glory. But not only did the Father speak from Heaven to earth, The Scripture says that the Father said before the Angels:

Hebrews 1:8 … unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.

Jesus was declared both the Son of God as well as equal to God by God the Father. The Holy Spirit declared Jesus to be the one and only Messiah. Before Jesus went to the Cross for our sins, He told His disciples:

John 16:7-15 (ESV) Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

The Holy Spirit witnesses of Christ in Heaven, and on the earth. It is the Holy Spirit that leads people to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

1 John 5:8-10 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. 9 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. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

John now brings out an interesting point. Jesus came by WATER and BLOOD. He was uniquely born of the virgin into this life. Both the Father and the Spirit witnessed that Jesus is the Christ. Once you believe on Jesus, follow this,

1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself

What is John talking about? Once you receive Christ’s birth and death as true, and receive Jesus as the ONE AND ONLY MESSIAH, then YOU HAVE THE WITNESS OF GOD WITHIN YOURSELF. God the Holy Spirit moves into the framework of your life.

The lost do not have the indwelling Spirit, nor do the lost care about the Word of God. Only those “Born Again” of Christ have the Spirit of God!

The world in its lostness follows after darkness and evil. People ask, “Why the Nashville shootings? Why all these shootings that we are seeing around America today?” The simple answer that liberals and progressives will give you is “let’s blame the guns and the bullets”. It’s not that the lost have guns and bullets that we have problems. It is that the lost have NOT the Spirit of God indwelling in them”. They are indwelt by darkness, by selfishness, by greed. The Christian proper, however, has the Witness of God within them. What does the Bible say?

Romans 8:13-16 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

It is not the DENOMINATION that makes the Christian, but that the DIVINE lives within you. The Spirit of God leads the Child of God, just as the Pillar of Fire led Israel from Egypt. if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. The person who claims to be a Christian who continually LIVES AFTER THE FLESH is not a Christian. Our Lord Jesus said:

Matthew 7:16 … Ye shall know them BY THEIR FRUITS …

If you are constantly and apologetically living in darkness, then the Holy Spirit of God does not live in you. The Holy Spirit is not a Visitor to your life. Jesus said, He lives WITH you and WILL BE IN YOU” (John 14:17). Even clearer and more applicable to the “American” Christian today is the warning from God about sexual sin:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV) Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Glorify God in YOUR BODY. Do not live selfishly and niggardly as the lost do. Because the Witness of the Spirit lives in you, Christ Jesus also lives in you (Colossians 1:27). Because the Holy Spirit lives within you, God the Father is also in you (1 John 4:15).

You Will Not Live Forever HERE –
But Christian, You WILL Live Forever!

Who indwells you? The Spirit of God, or the spirit of darkness? Jesus said “if your focus is bad, your whole body will be filled with darkness (Matthew 6:23). Christians are NOT in darkness – but the lost are. In the last few years, a biological MALE …

has been named “Woman of the year” on several magazine covers
is referenced as a “Top Ranking Female” in the White House
is named the NCAA Women’s Swimmer of the year
is making millions being the face of women for Nike, Tampax, and Bud
took home the “Best Actress” award at the Golden Globes

This is no more than a mental health crisis brought on by the Antichrist and the spirit of darkness. The Christian does NOT walk in evil, but walks with GOD daily. We finish with this:

1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

Word Study: The word translated record is the Greek martyria, from which we get our word “Martyr”. The Witness or Martyr’s Testimony given to us at great cost is that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you have eternal life. That doesn’t mean you will live on this earth forever. These old bodies are breaking down daily. But Beloved, as Jesus is, so you shall be. You will one day pass from this place to glory because you have the Son – and having the Sn, you have LIFE. May God lead you to eternal life this very day! In Christ’s name I pray, and through His Spirit I ask. Amen and Amen.

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