KEY SCRIPTURE: John 5:31 KJV” If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.”
The Jews put up a lot of arguments to challenge, the authenticity of Jesus. The Lord made sure he did not appeal to His personal defense of himself. When he said, if I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true, he did not mean I will be telling lies. The bible says, He is the way, the truth and the Life. Jesus is called the truth. John 14:6. He answered Pilate, I came to witness to the truth. John 18:37
Even at the moment of being killed or crucified, He never shrank from saying the truth. What the Lord meant by my witness will be a lie simply means ‘I will not defend myself ‘ I will allow another to make a defense for me.
The Lord is teaching us a very important lesson over here. We should not strive at proving how right we are. He left his defense to the witness of John. Joho 5:32 KJV “There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.” John’s witness is basically the witness of the scripture. It was prophesied that John would make certain statements about Him, which has all been fulfilled. What the Lord was saying here is that, I appeal to what the word says about me, that is the truth. John only echoed the scriptures. Isaiah 40:3 KJV” The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
From all that we have said above what and who should witness to our Credibility? The word of God. Our lives ought to be patterned after the order of the word such that, we do not have to strive to prove our truthfulness or genuineness. When people read the word, they have to see our reflection in the scriptures. We should be able to say, My witness would be false but the witness of the scriptures is forever truth.
How could this be done? Apostle Paul gives us one of his philosophies to life. Acts 24:16 KJV “
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.”
A life without decision is a life without any direction. Apostle Paul says I have DECIDED to maintain a conscience void of offence before God and man. This is what makes his action patterned in line with the scriptures.
THOUGHT: MAKE THE SCRIPTURES YOUR DEFENCE, AND YOU WOULD BE AS BOLD AS A LION
2nd Corinthians 1:12 KJV” For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.”
Proverbs 28:1 KJV ” The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.”