1 John 5:6-12
from Knowing and Loving
We can only find what our heart craves in Jesus. Seeking elsewhere is calling God a liar.
Three ways to call God a liar
1. I'm not so bad
1 John 5:6–8 This is he who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.
2. I will only believe what I can see
1 John 5:9-10 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater, for this is the testimony of God that he has borne concerning his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. Whoever does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne concerning his Son.
3. I don't want to miss out
1 John 5:11-12 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Questions for further thought and discussion
- Why do bad experiences turn us off? What do businesses that disappoint us have to do to get us to try them out again? What stories do you know of people who have turned against faith in Jesus because of bad experiences they have had in church or with Christians?
- How does it make you feel when someone lies to you? How does it make you feel when someone accuses you of lying?
- Why is it important to understand and then believe that God is both fully man and fully God?
- What dangers are there in overemphasizing one over the other?
- How do you deal with the objection that believing is more like "hopeing so" rather than "knowing so"?
- How do you answer the challenge that if Jesus is the only way to the Father, what about those who have never heard? What is the healthiest response that we can make to this challenge?
- When we sin we are calling God a liar. Do you agree or disagree with this statement and why?
- How do we learn to trust what another person says?
- Can you name examples where scientific findings are reversed by later studies?
- This may seem hard, but discuss the nature of eternal life. In what sense is it "in" Jesus? The New Testament often uses the phrase "in Christ." What does that mean and how could holding that fresh in our minds help practically on a moment by moment basis?