The Testimony of God


07 For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. (NASB)

To testify here means especially to let what one possesses shared by others. When we Christians testify, our testimony should be in such a way that it should let others know what we know, let others see what we see, let others have what we have, and let others become what we have become.

God testifies so that we may know what He knows, see what He sees, have what He has, and become what He is. God set His purpose to testify Himself, and God predestined, created, and provided all so as to testify Himself. Who is God? What does He have? What would He provide? And what is He actually providing? It can be said that God testifies when He gives Himself and His fullness to the creation. Biblical vocabulary may not be comprehensible through mere consultation of dictionaries of the world.

"It is the Spirit who testifies." It is the Holy Spirit that works to give to us God and all things of His fullness. The Holy Spirit is God and the truth that created all things in the spiritual and the material worlds out of nothing. This truth is not the Self of God, but the works of the Self of God. The truth is not a being but work of God itself. When the self-existent God―self-existent love, joy, and will―set His purpose, it was the truth that actually set His purpose.

It is written in the Bible that the truth is movement of God. The truth comes out visibly to us as the words of the Old and New Testaments, and as all beings in the spiritual and the material worlds; all beings are what the truth built, and what the truth reveals itself as.

"Because the Spirit is the truth." Now the Holy Spirit comes out as the truth. The truth is manifested as His purpose, predestination, creation, and dispensation. All divine dispensations are what the truth does and what His creation has done; the creation is what His predestination did; the predestination is what His purpose did; His purpose is what the Self-existent Being did.

When the eternal Self-existent One gives the fullness of God to us, it is the Holy Spirit that actually gives it to us. God cannot give His Self to us, and we cannot receive His Self, for the imperfect would be consumed by the perfect One when contacted to the One. His Self is eternal and immutable. It was His works that have been manifested to us―the purpose, the predestination, the creation, and the dispensation.

"It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth." In Romans 8:16, "The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God," 'we' refers to the flesh, or mind and body. God created our mind and body through His intimacy with us. We were created through His nature and attributes, and thus His nature and attributes grow insides us as we grow. It is not God Himself that grows inside us; it is God's model that grows. Then we grow as a God to all the creation.

"There are three that testify." There are three that give God and His fullness to us. It is the Holy Spirit that lets us receive God as ours and all things of His as ours, and it is the Holy Spirit that lets us receive the three. We cannot possess God since He is too great to be ours, nor can He be contained inside us. "Foolish is the man who is not rich toward God"―this does not mean the person possesses God. To be rich toward God is to become God's possession; the more one is rich toward God, or in God, the more the one is God's. God's creation dies when it betrays Him, and God's creation starts to live, eternally, when it becomes His.

The Holy Spirit works so that we may become God's, and the Holy Spirit works so that all the creation may become ours, and also the Holy Spirit testifies this to us. The creation of God will become ours as much as we become God's; everything in the spiritual and the material worlds will be ours completely when we have become God's completely; everything in the spiritual and the material worlds will be subject to us completely when we have been subject to God completely; His creation will betray us completely when we betray God completely. What the three testify works so that we may become God's. We once died when we were possession of money and worldly power and knowledge; we who had belonged to God died and perished when we chose to belong to something else.

Now the only way for us to become alive is to become God's. We were destroyed for three accounts; we were at enmity with God, we lived unrighteously at our own will, and we transgressed the law of God. Destroyed thus we were not allowed to be reconciled to God, so He came incarnate to bestow the three merits on us through which we became eligible to belong to God; we can become God's only through the vicarious redemption of the cross. The vicarious redemption of Jesus succeeded in making us belong to God.

Now that we belong to God, our soul has substantially become God's, but why is this soul incompetent? Our soul is not competent enough because of our mind and body unwilling to submit to the soul―they are refractory. We are working on our constructional salvation through which we are trying to placate our mind and body until they are persuaded to conform to the guide of soul.

God testifies to bring something to us so that we may get it. God who came to appear to work the testimony is referred to as the Helper, or the Holy Spirit―the same God. What will result when this God testifies to let us know and receive Him? In human terms, we will become His; we will belong to Him and we will move as He moves and stop as He stops. Why does He want to make us His? He wants to have us clothed with His image; He loves to make us possess things in heaven and on earth, things present and things to come, and things in life and things in death.

When we become God's, it is not we that live; it is God that lives holding us as His members, or body. When God resides within us and we are His hands and feet moving through Him, all the creation will submit to us and become ours, and move and live through us. Thus it is said that the Church is in the position to fill all the creation with the fullness of God.

"For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement." The blood refers to the merits of the vicarious redemption of the Lord. The water refers to the truth, and the Spirit refers to God. Among the three the blood is closest to us. We can join the truth through the blood, and we can join the Holy Spirit through the blood and the truth, and we can be connected to God through the blood, the truth, and the Holy Spirit; this is how we become God's and how the fullness of God becomes ours. The truth is where the blood works; we can be connected to the truth through the blood, and to God through the truth. All things that come directly to us come through the blood―life, peace, glory, honor, etc.; they never come otherwise.

Life dwells inside where the blood is employed, and the truth is inside the life. We are said to be the temple of God. We can become His temple when we become one with the blood of the Lord, while we cease to be His temple when we separate ourselves from the blood of the Lord. We become His temple when we join the blood of the Lord, and the truth is inside us when we become His temple, and God resides inside the truth which is inside us. Then God will be responsible for all about us as an owner of a house is responsible for all things about the house. God will use us at His will as the owner uses the house freely. God teaches us the truth using a natural revelation of 'house.'

This is easy to understand. The temple of God means the house of God, which in turn means that He is inside us. Who repairs, manages, and preserves a house? The owner does these works for the house; God will assume the responsibility for all things about us. "Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you"―We are told to commit all things about us to God, that is, to be His house only, or to make God our master. We are to entrust to God, whether we live or die and whether we are exalted or brought low; we should not be presumptuous enough to say that we have to become rich and honorable so that the gospel may not be hindered. It is up to Him whether we should be contemptible or not, or anything. It is obvious that a damaged house cannot repair itself, and also it cannot defend itself when it is damaged; it is the owner that manages and preserves the house. We should be Lord's so that the Lord will take over every aspect of ours. Let us remember that a house is not to use itself but it is to be used by the owner. We have already become a house of the devil when we manage ourselves. We can become His temple again when He can use us exclusively.

To testify means to let what the witness knows of conveyed to others and guide them to what the testimony directs. The Holy Spirit, the witness of God, testifies to us who God is, and works so that we may receive what God has to give us. The Holy Spirit is the truth and the truth is the blood. The three testify and the three are one. The Holy Spirit is currently trying to connect the blood to us, not directly but indirectly, through the truth.

When the truth itself is trying to connect the blood to us, however, the Holy Spirit may or may not be inside the truth. When the Serpent quoted the Bible when tempting Jesus, "Throw Yourself down; for it is written, 'HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU'; and 'ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE,'" the truth was used without the Holy Spirit; the surface featured the truth but inside there was no infinite power nor exclusive authority of God; there was no God inside what the devil was saying.

Both the Holy Spirit and the truth are testifying the blood. Why are they working for us that we may think and reflect on the blood, and that we may live on the blood, live through the blood, and live connected to the blood? They are testifying in order that we may become joined to God, and become His members, His temple, and His body.

The blood works for us, on the remission of sin, the justification, and the reconciliation to God. Even at this moment God is trying to get us connected to Himself, and so are the truth and the blood trying to connect to us. On the outermost surface the blood can connect to us through the remission; the remission can connect to us through the justification, and the justification can connect to us through the reconciliation, and the reconciliation can connect to us through the truth, and the truth can lead us to God.

No life exists outside the work of the blood. Everything is to live through the blood―family, individuals, business, or anything, and the blood has three outfits. Thus it is said, "All things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God." Nothing that does not work on the remission―our speech, affairs, business, hopes, fellowship, or glory―is alive, nor is it connected to life; it is hopeless. No one that has no remission work has anything good as well as anything of hope.

We humans can have hope only when we start to struggle with the problem of sin; then we will try not to live according to our judgments that are connected to sin, and we will try to clear our unrighteousness and to live in righteousness. Jesus suffered for three accounts on the cross; first, He suffered on behalf of us who transgressed God's law, or the law of sin; second, He suffered on behalf of us who are unrighteous. Unrighteousness differs from sin; sin is transgression of God's law, while unrighteousness is what the original sin works out as our master after we are separated from God. And third, Jesus suffered for the wages of betrayal on behalf of us who were an enemy of God.

Sin is what one commits against God's law, and unrighteousness is what one commits actively. Humans began to fall committing sin, and continued to fall living according to subjectivity and self-rule, and ended in death completely. It was through sin that humans began to die because of the First Adam, and it is through the remission of sin that we begin to live again. Then follows justification movements, and then what belongs to God begins to appear, which is called life.

No life, no blood of the Lord. No works of any sort exist where no blood exists. Thus it is said, "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink." Whatever has no blood is lifeless―in our speech, knowledge, and even in living according to the truth and His laws, and even in peace, service, or sacrifice. Anything lacking the remission, the justification, and the vicarious redemption of the new life of the Lord is dead.

The outermost of all these is the remission of sin. First we must conform ourselves to living according to God's law and commandments. When we succeed in that, we then must strive to live according to the Bible which is God's words, not according to what we insist on. The Bible is the divine will in writing, and the secret will contained in the visible will of the Bible is revealed separately for each of us whenever necessary through the inspiration and influence of the Holy Spirit, which is the truth for each individual. It is said in Deuteronomy 28, "If you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today." What does 'all His commandments' here mean? It means His commandments that pertain to the reality of each of us. But we should discern the inside from the outside of doing, or obeying, the commandments of God. The externals are, for instance, that we should obey no other commandment but the commandment telling us not to lie, or that we should obey only the commandment telling us to pray.

Now that, for instance, we obey selectively the commandment telling us to pray, we should find what the Holy Spirit reveals to us individually. This is to "do all the commandments which I command you today." Suppose we pray when we judge it is time to pray and it is indeed the time for us to pray, then we are obeying the law of God, and our faith might be said to be that of moving a mountain. God, however, may or may not go us with even if we pray to Him risking our life. Will God not go with us when we pray to Him giving up our life? No, because our prayer offered at the expense of risking life may be judged false by the Holy Spirit. Why can a prayer offered in great tribulation be judged false? Because the purpose and motive inside a prayer may be insincere while the outer means still looks sincere.

Balaam the prophet is a typical example the Bible shows us. He betrayed God and followed what his lusts dictated to end up where he was hired by Balak the king of Moab to curse the Israelites and bless the Moabites; there the prophet blessed the Israelites, endangering his life before God. Even though Balaam would give up life to keep the commandment of God, inside this apparently righteous deed is Balaam himself as master; he did not empty himself to change so as to receive God as his master. Another example is communists. They are as devout as Christians who would give up lives to keep commandments given in the Bible, in that they are willing to sacrifice lives for communism's sake, but they themselves are at the core of the truthfulness for communism, not for God; they are their king.

It was for obeying God's commandment that Daniel clung to his usual daily prayers, which God judged as his faith. But if he had prayed for, say, himself or his people, the Holy Spirit would not have joined him; no matter what may happen, he should pray for the sake of God who saved him, which was what he did.

While we are obeying the written revelation, inside this obedience we should try to become God's and to make Him our master with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and God should be free to use us as He pleases and we should be satisfied to be used by Him. Then we are approved. Why did the Old Testament saints crucify Jesus? They killed Jesus to obey the words of God. They were bold and confident even when they were executing Jesus, maintaining they were doing it according to the truth and the words of the Bible. But the Holy Spirit did not approve them since their master inside was anyone but God, and their deed proved to be anything but that of the Holy Spirit.

Their deed may have been a work according to the truth, since it was the issue of how to keep the sabbath and so they charged Jesus for not observing the sabbath appropriately. But they would not have committed such foolish act had they not followed the externals of the Law but followed the Holy Spirit. Paul did not carry life inside himself during those years when he was "circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless"; all he did was to oppose and kill Stephen who was members of the Lord of life, and to extend his killing the Christians elsewhere further.

What does it mean that one is taken but the other is left, while both of them keep the same words in the Bible? It is not difficult to receive what the Holy Spirit inspires us with. All we have to do is to give up ourselves. We have to understand what God requires us of; He does not merely want our visible obedience only, but He also now wants the character of us who are created in His likeness. God does not need our external deeds or power; what does He need from us, having created with power the universe in six days?

Let us not be hypocritical. The outermost of the works of the blood is the remission of sin. The light and life inside the remission will not come to us unless we struggle for the remission in our living, in speech, deeds, mind, and thoughts. And we should try hard to live not according to our subjectivity but objectivity, not according to our autonomy, judgments, lusts, or our will, and we should come to receive the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is God.