Trusting the testimony of God
Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. 1 John 5:9-10 NLT
Since customarily we accept man’s testimony, John says from the text, that “surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God” (1 John 5:9). During the time of the Lord Jesus Christ here on earth, John the Baptist’s testimony was highly regarded by people. But we know that John the Baptist was God’s forerunner who proclaimed the coming of the Messiah. The Lord Jesus Christ commended John the Baptist’s testimony about Him. “Someone else is also testifying about me, and I assure you that everything he says about me is true. In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about me was true” (John 5:32-33). But far better than the testimony of John the Baptist is God the Father’s testimony of Jesus’ coming as the Savior. “But I have a greater witness than John—my teachings and my miracles. The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me. And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face” (John 5:36-37). The testimony that we accept and trust is about the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. The Father testified about Jesus’ claim when He was baptized and a voice from heaven was heard. “‘And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy’” (Matthew 3:17). Then, the voice of the Father was heard during the Transfiguration. “‘But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him’” (Matthew 17:5). The same voice was heard when Jesus entered Jerusalem triumphantly. “Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again” John 12:28). But the testimony continues on through the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. With this abundance of trusted testimonies, the response should be belief in Jesus, the Son of God. Believing God is trusting Jesus by faith. It is an experience that has a lasting effect on the life of the believer. The believer puts his full trust and confidence to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Those who reject what Jesus is offering, they are not just rejecting Him but the testimony of the Father and they are “actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son” (1 John 5:10).