Christ came to this earth to bring salvation to humankind, to provide the means by which we could be reconciled to God Almighty, the Lord of Hosts, and the Father of all. He also came as part of that to establish his church. He died that you and I might have life â€œand have it more abundantly.â€ In the course of this and in following the plan that was set forth by his Father, he chose certain men who became the backbone of the church, the starting point of its teaching, and center of its beginning as a godly assembly.
The third witness Jesus mentioned to the Jews, who were testing him, is The Lord God Almighty, The Holy Father. Isn’t it interesting that he tells them quite directly that they have never seen God the Father and had never heard His voice “at any time?” I can almost hear them thinking the equivalent of “You idiot, don’t you know the history of the exodus?”
That meant they were completely deaf. They were spiritually dead on arrival, completely clueless, without knowledge and direction. They had wholesale rejected the Word of God. They thought they knew, but just like so many today they were mistaken. How would Jesus’ statement sit with you, “But you do not have his word abiding in you, because the one whom He sent you do not believe.” How then do you suppose they felt when Jesus said this? I suspect a certain smugness took over in many. They might have been thinking something like, “Who does this pretender think he is? Why, we observe things at the Temple; we are the children of Abraham!”
Do you know and accept what Jesus left us as his witness from the Father, or do you listen to other voices and seek out other sources just like the Jews of that day?
You can’t have it both ways. Neither could they. Like King Pyrrhus of old, they won the battle against Jesus here and lost the war for all eternity.
We are either in the Lord’s camp or we are anywhere else – and anywhere else just does not matter, no matter how brilliantly we may think that we shine, how close to God we may feel, or whose children we may think we are. There is only one location for the truth: in God’s Word – the Holy Scriptures.
And the Father Himself, who sent me, has testified of me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. And you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.
(John 5: 37-38)