O worship the king all glorious above
God be merciful to me
Breathe on me breath of God
Christ whose glory fills the skies
It is good to sing thy praises
Take the name of Jesus with you
Praise the Lord, his glories show
A friend who doesn't believe in Jesus as the son of God. They may believe in God in the generic sense, but not in Jesus in the specific sense. This is very common.
This is not a new thing, it was back in the new testament as well. People denied that Jesus was the Christ. They denied the physical manifestation of Jesus as being that of God. They did this because they saw the physical as being bad.
Jesus Christ came by water and by blood. What does this mean?
Water...he is the promised king, priest and prophet.
Blood...he is here.
The man is all the water promised.
Jesus Christ...this name shows the two can not be divided.
If people separate the two they are not talking about the real Jesus.
The Spirit itself testifies to the truth of who Jesus is.
If we testify to the whole truth, we do what the Spirit does. We testify the the truth of the Helper given to us.
See the difference at Pentecost. The disciples cowering in a locked room. The Spirit came and then suddenly the disciples had a boldness. They had the testimony of the Spirit living in them. This same Spirit dwells in us...the people who are called the children of God.
So the truth we speak is the truth of the Spirit that dwells within us.
Three testimony of three...this is a legal number. It is not just us testifying, but the Spirit of God testifying as well, the blood, the water and the Spirit. All three.
What stands between sinfilled people and God is not just intellectual but also moral. When sin rules our hearts we have an impossible task to believe in God. This is why God has to work in our hearts before we can actually believe in him.
Our future life , our eternal life, found in his son Jesus Christ, is one without pain and sorrow. It's a life of joy and light, a life with none of the effects of sin.
Trust the son of God and have eternal.
Do not trust in the whole of Jesus Christ and do not have eternal life. There is no other option.