If we do not believe in the Son of God we have made God a liar. Not exactly a position that I would want to be in myself... that of calling God a liar. However, if we do not believe the words of God are true that is exactly what we do. As I've sat here studying this passage of scripture I've thought of all the things in this world that are believed. And then taking those and comparing to God's word and how many believe that to be true. I'm amazed. This world will believe the words of our politicians, our leaders, teachers, media (and this isn't to say that I believe all that these people say are false) but yet, will not believe the words of God. A God that is all powerful, all loving and who gave His only son up to death for each of us. And still He is denied over and over and over again. Honestly, it leaves me at a loss for words.
This afternoon I ran across the following story that was told by Dr. H.A. Ironside about a man who had doubts about whether he was a Christian. I thought it a great example of how God perfectly shows us the truth when we just stop and seek and listen.
He got down on his knees and said, "Now, Father, I want to settle this question. Show me whether I have eternal life or not." And opening his Bible, his eyes fell on this verse from 1 John 5. He said in his prayer, "Father, I don't want to make You a liar, and it says here that if I don't believe the testimony that You give about the Son, I'm making you a liar. I don't want to do that. What is the testimony?" And he read the next part, "And this is the testimony," and he stopped right there. He was so overwrought that he put his thumb over the rest of the verse and said, "Lord, it says here that if I don't believe the testimony that you gave concerning your Son, I'm making you a liar, and I don't want to make you a liar. I believe that I have what that testimony is right under my thumb here, and I'm going to take my thumb off and read it, and Lord, help me to believe it, because I don't want to make you a liar." With great trepidation he raised his thumb and read, "God has given us eternal life, and this life is in the Son" (1 John 5:11). All of a sudden it came home to him. "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life" (1 John 5:12). No matter what else he may have, no matter how religious he may be, if he has not received the Son, he does not have life. He entered into peace and became a preacher of this great truth.
Today I pray that I will always believe in God's Word above that of men and I pray that I will share the witness of God with others so that they, too, would see the truth of God's love and grace. Would you join me as I seek and share the truth of God's witness?