“If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son.”
If we receive the witness of men,
We accept the testimony of men in the normal course of everyday life. We accept at face value what credible witnesses have to say. This is standard practice among men.
the witness of God is greater;
John argues the logic of the lesser to the greater. If we accept man’s witness, God is a greater witness. God Himself gives direct testimony that Jesus Christ is His Son, in verses nine through twelve. Verses 9, 10 and 11 all end with an emphasis on Jesus as the Father’s “own Son.”
for this is the witness of God which He has testified
The ultimate starting point of testimony about Jesus as the Son of God is from God Himself. The words “has testified” mean that God testified in the past with the result that that testimony stands. God testified about Jesus at His baptism and through His death on the cross (5:6).
of His Son
“Of His Son” is literally concerning His Son. God’s focus is the person and work of Christ. God puts His focus on the centrality of Christ (Christocentricity).
God Himself states that His message is centered in His Son.
Recognition of God’s witness about His Son always involves accepting Jesus as the Son of God.
We accept proof from teaches, eyewitnesses in accidents and Delta airlines’ commitment to the airworthiness of its planes. This is the common, everyday practice of people. Companies will lose credibility or business if they deceive us, so we generally do not doubt the accuracy of their witness. It is normal to trust what people say. How much greater is God’s credibility and witness to Jesus Christ? We could have no greater source to the wonder of the Lord Jesus than the Father.
The most important reason why we should believe in the person and work of Christ is because God the Father is the witness to Him.
Mt 3: 17 “And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”
Mt 17: 5 “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!’”
God expects Christians to testify of the Lord Jesus. He arranged things in such a way that He incorporates us into the plan of worldwide evangelism.
Ac 1: 8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”