a. The water
b. The blood
c. The spirit
–The baptism of Jesus testified to his full humanity and identification with us, his
crucifixion testified of his substitutionary atonement on our behalf, and the Holy Spirit confirmed both events with his presence, and through the testimony of scripture.
d. The testimony of eyewitnesses
e. The testimony of God
The subjective testimony
a. To disbelieve Jesus is to defame God's character.
b. Eternal life is in Jesus alone.
c. You can know that you have eternal life.
Paul asked the question commonly when one hears that salvation is 100% by grace (i.e., federal headship in Romans 5:17-20). The question: If my works play no part in my going to heaven, then why not live like the devil? Paul answered this question in Romans 6, with three unique explanations.
Most men don't believe they are wicked. Most men believe they are good! They don't believe they sin! They believe they just make mistakes! Why should God be worshiped? Only the one true God is eternal !
The wording of these verses is so contrary to fallen human nature that it cannot be believed by those who do not know Christ as their Savior. I am sure that is hard sometimes, even for the true Christian to receive these words. To be reviled and persecuted, is to have all kinds of evil spoken against you falsely, and it is not something that most people could ever think of as being a blessing, when they first hear it. Rather, they think of it as something which is to be avoided at all costs. However, if you will look at the wording of verse 11, you will see what makes all the difference, for the faithful follower of Jesus Christ. It is for the words that we find at the beginning of verse 10 and at the end of verse 11 – "for righteousness sake", and "for my sake". It is only when you are being persecuted for Christ's sake, that then, you can rejoice.
There is little that hurts as much as being slandered or defamed to others. Jesus experienced it, Paul experienced it, and we surely will, too. Taking these examples to heart can help us respond in a Godly way when we suffer the same kind of treatment in our lives.
God's People Wait on the Good God who Judges the Wicked.
I. How is there Evil When God is Good? – vv. 1-4
A. Why do People Boast in Evil against a Good God? – v. 1
B. Characteristics of the Wicked – vv. 2-4
II. God will Destroy the Wicked – vv. 5-7
A. Death and Judgment is Coming against the Wicked – v. 5
B. God's People will See the Judgment in Fear and Laugh – v. 6
C. Destruction is the End of Man who is Strong in Wickedness – v. 7
III. God's People Trust and Wait on God – vv. 8-9
A. God's People Trust in His Mercy – v. 8
B. God's People Wait on God and Will Praise forever – v. 9
The Lord's Table is a time of reflection and worship and should never be made common. Paul gives clear instruction that the one who partakes should examine himself as to avoid taking the table in an unworthy manner.