“He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself. He that believeth not God hath made Him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:10-12)
There is simplicity in what men call “Christianity.” By “simplicity” I do not mean that it is elementary or mundane but that all of the promises of God come down to one: “eternal life” (1 Jn 2:25) and all of eternal life is found in one: Jesus Christ. The apostle John’s letters declare many of the simple truths involved in the salvation that is in Christ Jesus. The Spirit, through him, states the truth so concisely.
Unbelief. God has spoken and He has spoken concerning His Son. He has given a record or testimony of His Son and to not believe on Jesus is to say that God was wrong in His testimony. God has said of Jesus, “This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased” (Mt 3:17) and the unbeliever says, “This is not God’s Son and God is a liar for saying he is.”
It is even common today to hear people say that they think Jesus was a good man and good teacher but not the Son of God or God in the flesh. This, however, is not an option. Jesus claimed to be God’s Son and one with the Father. If He, as some suggest, is not God’s Son than they ought to call Him a liar or a lunatic, but calling Him a good teacher would not be an option. But, of course, Jesus is the Son of God as God declared Him to be and even so with power by the resurrection from the dead (Rom 1:4).
The Record. God has given a record concerning His Son and the record is this: “that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” This is the record that we believe. Jesus uttered these words in His prayer to the Father in John chapter 17.
“Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee: as Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.” (John 17:1-3)
God’s record of Jesus was far greater than many men perceived with their natural eye. Some saw that He was a “good teacher” and “Rabbi”. Others perceived that He had power over the wind and sea and even demons. Still others learned that He had power to forgive sin. Many today see Him as a great example that we should follow after. Some only accept that He was a prophet. But who among men concluded that this is the One who can given eternal life? God, being the One who gave Him such power, bore record of this very truth. And all them that believe on Him receive this eternal life.
Do You Have the Son? Who has eternal life? Where can men go to seek it? How will they obtain it? The apostle responds with great simplicity and clarity: “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life”. Everyone falls into one of these two “categories”. Either the person has the Son or he does not have the Son. Consequently, either he has life eternal or he does not have life eternal. All men will be separated eternally on the basis of whether or not they “have the Son”. This being true it is appropriate for men to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling all the while examining themselves to see if they are in the faith (Php 2:12; 2 Cor 13:5). For, if you have Him, He will give you eternal life.
– brother Pat Woods, (originally posted May 2, 2012)