Tonight, we will finish our short study based in 1 John called “Walking with God”. Walking with God produces some very specific characteristics in the one in fellowship with God and we have looked at those. We don’t have time to go back over them so please, go online at www.capstone.church and catch up. The finishing touches on this study are being called “The Testimony of God”.
Throughout this study, we have seen what happens to an individual who walks in the Light of fellowship with God. This part of 1 John continues to elaborate on that reality. People who enter fellowship with God are more than just friends – they are family. They become children of God and if children of God then heirs of God. In other words, they receive and inheritance from God. This inheritance is multifaceted but includes some very easily recognizable manifestations that serve as a witness or testimony that the individual is walking in fellowship with God. These testimonies have two primary foundations. One is that they are birthed out of purity. This is a primary characteristic of the One that they are walking with. Another primary foundation is love. The One who they fellowship with is love, therefore what we see operating in their lives is as product of love and is birthed in love. Out of these foundations arise these testimonies:
The water, blood, and Spirit
In heaven, these three witness: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit. On earth, these three witness: the Spirit (the only part of the Godhead who can be in both places), the water and the blood. What is the water and the blood? There is some disagreement regarding this but it appears that both of these proceed from the baptisms of Jesus. We know that Jesus was baptized in water. Why? He had no sin to repent of. But Jesus told John that Baptist that it must be so to fulfill all righteousness. Judah was not a party to the priesthood under the Mosaic covenant. At the baptism of Jesus, a holy transfer – an inauguration took place. The priesthood was transferred from Levi to Jesus. John the Baptist, of the family of Aaron, a priest in his own right was chosen by God to pass the priesthood from Levi to Judah’s High Priest, Jesus.
Today when someone is born again (of God) they bear witness by entering the waters of baptism to display their faith in Jesus. But, Jesus spoke of another baptism He was to undergo in Luke 12 (verses 49 and 50). The baptism spoken of here was the death of Jesus. His death preceeded the coming of fire – the witness of the Holy Spirit. So, Jesus is testified to be God’s Son by water, blood, and the Holy Spirit of whose coming verified Jesus’ place upon the throne. These three testimonies are still revealed every time a believer gets born again and filled with the Holy Spirit.
The witness of God
How is the lordship of Jesus manifest in us to the world? In other words, how is God’s presence witnessed in us? Through us loving Jesus, which is primarily validated as real within us through our obedience to God’s word. Man has a witness. It is comprised of his views of the world and his values. John lists these values in 1 John 2:16. They are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. God has a witness which is manifest through His word and His Spirit. Those who believe in the Son of God have His witness in themselves. Those who do not believe God are calling God a liar.
Those who have the testimony of God in them are involved in building His kingdom. This is done through a vehicle known as intercession. Now, intercession involves prayer as a practice but it is a ministry. Jesus made intercession for us when He stepped between us and judgment and provided a way for us to become children of God. He is the Advocate on our behalf in the courts of heaven. He ever lives (eternally) to complete the process of deliverance in our lives and the world. This is accomplished through revelation, faith, and action. Everything done in the kingdom is first and foremost a product of prayer and the word. To build the kingdom of God we must first know how we are to apply and enforce the word of God. Spiritual lordship is first accomplished by force in the Spirit – taking ground from the enemy and making it God’s. So, we take truth, we force it upon a situation through spiritual warfare and then we see the manifestation of the intercession of Jesus on man’s behalf. And, it all starts with intercession by us on the behalf of another (1 John 5:14-15). Look further at the power of this promise in verses 16-17. A controversial verse to expositors but, one thing is true. If we intercede for those in sin but alive in this world, God will release life to them.
This is the essence of kingdom building. The testimony of the water, blood, and Spirit. The witness or testimony of God through submission to Spirit and truth. Kingdom building through intercession. These things constitute the testimony that the individual is walking in fellowship with God, which is the reason that God sent His Son into the world.
1 John 5:4-17
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