1 John 5:7-8 There Is Agreement

1 John 5:7-8 (KJV)
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Verse seven is so well known (though controversial in some circles) and so easily understood that I am afraid we give little attention to verse eight. I aim to remedy that today.

The Bible teaches that things are established at the mouth of two or three witnesses. This verse tells us that the witnesses of the truth of Scripture concerning the godhead are three. 

The Spirit
Who is unquestionably the Holy Spirit and bears witness to our spirit that these things are so. My real work, as a believer, is to help others get in touch with what they already know to be true. God has already witnessed to them. It’s just that the influences of this world have shoved that witness into the recesses of their soul. 

The water
Some people consider this to be Jesus’ baptism. There are few events in the Bible with more significance than His baptism. All three Persons of the Godhead are there. I think a case could be made that water speaks of His birth. The virgin birth, like His baptism, is key to doctrinal integrity. 

The blood
There should be little doubt but that this is His death, burial and resurrection. 

1 John 5:8 says these three agree in one. They bear the same testimony. They confirm the deity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity. 

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1 John 5:7-8 There Is Agreement

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Isaiah 36:1 History Is…

Isaiah 36:1 (KJV)
Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.

The Assyrian threat had begun years before it became a reality. Isaiah had prophesied concerning it during the reign of Ahaz. It did not happen until Hezekiah was king. My thought today is simply how much worse things would have been had Ahaz still been king. 

Truly, history is the providence of God written in the notebook of man. Jerusalem would eventually be overtaken but it would not be now and it would not be by the Assyrians. God dictated these affairs to inform us of His rule, even in the most certain of matters. Sennacherib had no reason to believe he could be stopped. Hezekiah had no reason to believe he would be spared. But God spared him just the same. 

A believing soul has no reason to ever let the course of this world influence his faith. 

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Saving Keilah 2 Samuel 23:1-13

David was the kind of man who couldn’t, who wouldn’t ignore a people in need. And so David enquired of the Lord whether he should go smite the Philistines and rescue Keilah.

A People In Need

David saved Keilah,
DESPITE HIS OWN TROUBLES
1 Samuel 23:1-2 (KJV)
Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors.
Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.

David saved Keilah,
DESPITE ITS DANGEROUS TERRITORY
1 Samuel 23:1 (KJV)
Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors.

David saved Keilah,
DESPITE THE OPPOSITION OF HIS MEN
1 Samuel 23:3-5 (KJV)
And David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?
Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

David saved Keilah,
DESPITE THE EMINENT ATTACK OF SAUL
1 Samuel 23:7-9a (KJV)
And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.
And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.
And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against him; ….

Finally David saved Keilah,
DESPITE THE WICKENESS OF THE MEN OF KEILAH
1 Samuel 23:10-12 (KJV)
Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.
Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will come down.
Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.

Saving Keilah 2 Samuel 23:1-13

Isaiah 33:12 The Shepherd and the Sheep

Though he must maintain his priority of office, it is understandable if he steps back into the role of a sheep from time to time.

Isaiah 33:12 (KJV)
And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.

The circumstance of this passage is a prayer of dependence upon God in the face of Assyrian threats. I can’t imagine the terror Jerusalem must have been under as they watched Assyria defeat and dispatch northern Israel into oblivion. They would have been certain this would be their fate. 

Except for God. 

Was it arrogant of them to believe God would do for them what He did not do for their brethren? Of course Jerusalem disagreed with Israel. They had rebelled against the throne in Israel. They had set up their own systems of worship. Were they so wrong God would destroy them? More importantly was Jerusalem so right God would save them?

Into this environment the prophet offers the Word of God. He provides them with a direction for prayer. But in the middle of his sermon he switches from the first person to the third. “Be thou their arm every morning.” He switched from teaching them what to pray to praying himself. 

The preacher is in a unique situation. As the preacher he is to remain detached, he seeks to please God rather than men. He is God’s spokesman to the flock. But he is also one of the flock. Though he must maintain his priority of office, it is understandable when he steps back into the role of a sheep from time to time.

To my readers:
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Isaiah 33:12 The Shepherd and the Sheep

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