Thursday, December 18, 2008

Don’t Make God a Liar

1 John 5:10 10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the witness that God has borne concerning His Son.

What I find fascinating about this verse is the startling statement made by the Apostle John that the person who does not believe in Jesus Christ has made God a liar. The reason this is so is because God has borne sufficient witness to His Son, Jesus Christ, and the person who refuses to believe is calling God a liar. I am afraid that all too many people today have called God—and are calling God—a liar. Sadly so, I trust that many churchgoers may profess verbally God as true and Jesus as Savior but in the way they live their lives (that is, the theme of the book of 1 John) they deny that Jesus is the true Son of God and, hence, point the finger at God and shout “Liar!”

Elsewhere in 1 John, the themes of loving the brothers, believing that Jesus Christ has come from God, and the reality that a genuine Christian who is born from God cannot persist in ongoing sin prevail. But tucked away in the final chapter of this magnificent work is this statement that whoever refuses to believe in Jesus Christ has made God a liar. The only true God, that is. There is no other God. Therefore, to call God a liar is to damn oneself. To refuse to believe in Jesus Christ is reserving for yourself a place in the eternal Lake of Fire.

It intrigues me that John neglects to mention whether those who have heard or haven’t heard of Jesus Christ. His point is simply that if anyone refuses Jesus, who is in fact, the True God and the only means of Salvation (cf. 5:20), then he has called God a liar and is thereby destined for eternal hell. The plea and the message from this simple and straightforward verse is this: Don’t Make God a Liar.

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