In God's Court

Merwin VanDoornik

READ : 1 John 5:6-12

Many witnesses in court are certainly better than one. In Old Testament days a person could not be convicted if only one witness could be found to testify against him. At least two were required and three were even better (see Deut. 19:15).

Some teachers in the early church insisted that Jesus was not God but only human, or that He was God only part of the time but not at His death. John insists that the One who died on the cross (blood) was as truly the Son of God as the One who was baptized (water). Add to this the testimony of the Spirit in my heart and we have the three witnesses that assure me that Jesus is God.

And the purpose of all this witnessing: to acquit rather than punish and to give us eternal life. She was a dear, old lady, a member of a congregation I once pastored, who was then living in a retirement home. One day as we talked about the future she confided that she was afraid to die. “Why?” “Because I wonder if the Lord will have me.”

That set me to thinking: How do I know I have eternal life? Our passage for today has given me the assurance that both she and I needed: “He who has the Son has life.” She did. I do. And you?


“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine. This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.” (Fanny J. Crosby)