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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?

1 John 5:6-12

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.

Point #1.

Jesus WAS and IS the Christ.

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.

Jesus came by water.

This is a reference to the beginning of Jesus' earthly ministry

coinciding with his baptism.

Matthew 3:13--17 says:

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14And John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?" 15But Jesus answered and said to him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed Him. 16When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

John 1:32--34

32 And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' 34 And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."

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