Presentation on theme: "A Witness of Two John 8:12-18 Three Lines of Attack Law of the Witness An Expert Witness An Impartial Witness The Witness of the Father."— Presentation transcript:
A Witness of Two John 8:12-18 Three Lines of Attack Law of the Witness An Expert Witness An Impartial Witness The Witness of the Father
A Witness of Two John 8:12-18 Three Lines of Attack 1.You could have the witness eliminated (c.7) 2.Seek to discredit the witness (woman) 3.Seek to have the witness’ testimony thrown out of court on a technicality (here)
A Witness of Two John 8:12-18 Law of the Witness Blasphemous claim of Jesus in v.12 No one could be convicted on a single witness Numbers 35:30 Deuteronomy 17:6 Deuteronomy 19:15 Could not testify for yourself Agnostics are born
A Witness of Two John 8:12-18 An Expert Witness Jesus is acting as an expert witness (v.14) If Jesus was only human, then the rabbinic maxim would be correct In terms of knowing God, only God can testify The character of the witness validated them Jesus claims to be more than a man (v.15)
A Witness of Two John 8:12-18 An Expert Witness Jesus judges according to truth and not flesh He works in complete spiritual unity with God the Father (vv.15,16) Jesus limits human testimony in v.17 by changing two witnesses to two men Therefore, Jesus is God and can testify of Himself …and He proved it!
A Witness of Two John 8:12-18 An Impartial Witness “human standards” in 8:15,16 put Jesus at odds with man’s testimony It shows our limitations, especially in judgment Human witnesses are partial in their judgment Jesus declares His judgment to be impartial
A Witness of Two John 8:12-18 The Witness of the Father Jesus points out now that His testimony does not stand alone but is one with the Father The Father’s witness is corroborated by: John the Baptist (5:33,34) Christ’s signs (5:36) Old Testament Scriptures (5:39-47)
A Witness of Two John 8:12-18 Application We must not trust our own judgment in spiritual matters (Proverbs 3:5, 6). We should trust the word of Jesus Christ implicitly (2 Corinthians 10:5). If the word of Jesus Christ is true, then we should receive Him as Savior and follow Him as Lord!