May 17, 2012 § 1 Comment
1 John is written to a community of believers who were divided over the question of Jesus’ humanity. The issue at stake was whether Jesus came in the flesh (4:2-3). This is the context for the encouragement in 1 John 5:9-13 to remain faithful to the confession about Christ. The key word in this passage is testimony (from the Greek word marturia or “witness”). It starts with God’s testimony, not ours. First of all, God has testify concerning God’s Son (5:10). But what is the proof that God’s testimony concerning his Son is true? In other words, how do we know the earthly Jesus is indeed the Son of God who became flesh? The proof for whether this is true will be found in the hearts of believers (5:10). We carry that proof in our bodies. Every time we embody God’s love and mercy, they will find the evidence that Jesus is God incarnated who is still alive through the power of the Spirit.