READ : 1 John 5:1-12
And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (v. 11)
Evangelicals love to give “testimonies” and tell their conversion stories, which are often quite dramatic in nature. For example, the influential 19th-century evangelist Charles G. Finney described his conversion as “waves of liquid love” washing over him.
But the dramatic nature of such testimonies can miss the point. It is not how a person becomes a Christian that matters but whether a person really believes in Christ. There is only one way to become a Christian, to be a Christian, and to remain a Christian. We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God who offers the gift of eternal life. “Whoever has the Son has life,” John writes. It is as simple as that.
God has a testimony, too. He testifies to the true identity of his incarnated Son, Jesus Christ. That testimony includes the water of Jesus’ baptism, the blood of his sacrificial death, and the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, which inspires us to believe in Christ. All three point to Jesus as God’s Son and the Savior of the world. This—and only this—is what we must believe.
Dear God, thank you that you have made things so simple for us. If we believe in your Son, Jesus, we have life. Thank you for the gift of your Son, in whose name we pray, Amen.