Summary: With all the different voices and teachings telling us what we should believe, which choice will we make. This sermon deals with that question and includes a funny illustration.
Who Are You Going to Believe?
6 This is He who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
7For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
8And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one.
9If 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.
10He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.
11And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
12He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
We all want to live forever in peace.
When we die,
we don't want to end up in some terrible place.
Some say when we die, our souls go immediately to heaven.
Others say our souls go to purgatory...
while others say they simply sleep in the grave.
Some say there is a heaven and a hell.
Others say there is no such place as hell.
As well all know, there are many religions in this world.
Some say the teachings of Muhammad should be believed.
Others claim that Joseph Smith's writings should be accepted.
Still others hold to the teachings of Buddha or Confucius.
Those converted to Scientology...
believe the writings of L. Ron Hubbard.
There are those who believe what the Watchtower says.
Then there are the Jews who accept the Old Testament...
but don't believe what the New Testament says about Jesus.
Even within Christianity, there are different teachings.
Many choose to believe what certain TV or radio preachers say.
So with all these different, who or what are we going to believe?
Who should we believe when our eternal destiny is at stake?
We all have to make that choice.
It was the Fall season,
and the Indians on a remote reservation
asked their new Chief
if it was going to be a cold...or mild winter.
Since he was an Indian Chief in a modern society,
he had never been taught
the old secrets of the medicine man.
When he looked at the sky,
he couldn't tell what the weather was going to be.
Nevertheless, to be on the safe side,
he told his tribe that the winter was going to be cold.
He told them to begin cutting lots of firewood to be prepared.
After a couple of weeks, the new chief began to worry.
Had he given his tribe good advice?
He didn't want to destroy his credibility.
Let's get back to our Bible passage for today!
This is one of the most difficult passages in the New Testament.
Bible Scholars have debated this passage.
When dealing with a difficult passage
sometimes we try to read too much into the text.
What is the Holy Spirit through John trying to say in this passage?
God made sure that John wrote it down for all generations.
So it is important for us to understand.