If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?
Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words? (John 5:31-47)
Right God, Wrong Lord
Jesus was born in the lineage of Abraham, circumcised the eighth day and taught the history and language of the Jewish nation. He was from the tribe of Judah. Everything about Him was the complete package of the Abrahamic covenant with a few notable exceptions. His birth was miraculous; born of a virgin. The teaching was the same except He understood things more clearly than others as seen at the age of twelve. When He began His ministry His teaching was bold and with authority. This was unlike the teachers of the day. Through the power of the Holy Spirit He healed all diseases, raised the dead, walked on water and cast out demons. No man could do what Jesus did. John the Baptist testified of the man of Nazareth the Christ had come. Throughout the teachings of Jesus He appealed to the scriptures and teachings of Moses to show men He was the Son of God. The problem the Jews had with Jesus was they believed in the same God but could not accept that a carpenter’s son was divine, heralded as the Messiah, Son of God. Rejecting the claims of the supposed son of Joseph, they clung to the hope that believing in God alone would save them. What they served was the right God but wrong Lord.
It is easy for men to accept there is one God and seek to serve Him as they believe He must be honored. Different faiths and beliefs can embrace the idea of the same God painting Him in a portrait that suits their needs and beliefs but if they will not accept that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God their religion is vain and useless. The words of Jesus testify that truth comes from believing in the Father and the Son. Salvation cannot come without the belief there is a God Creator of the world and that He sent His Son to die for all men. Believing in God does not save man. Following the will of God and obeying the commands of the Son of God is where salvation is found. Jesus said the greater witness He had than John the Baptist are the works the Father sent Him to do. What angered the Jews of His day was the claim Jesus always made that He came from the Father and the Father had sent Him. The Jews were correct to think this was blasphemy because no man could make such a claim. However, what the Jews refused to see was that Jesus was the Son of God and He could make that claim. Believing in the same God but rejecting Jesus Christ as the Son of God would not save them. The scriptures testified of Jesus being the Christ yet the Jews would not see Him in their holy scrip. As a result of their seeking to worship the right God and rejecting the claim of Jesus to be the Son of God, they were lost.
Obedience to God requires acknowledging Him as God alone. Salvation comes not from believing in the right God but accepting that what makes the Father God alone is the testimony of His only begotten Son. There is no hope if one is rejected from the other. An appeal is made that two religions worship the same God but call Him by different names. There is a feeling of acceptance that one can worship God one way and another can worship God their way and it is okay. The problem is that if one rejects the belief in Jesus Christ as the divine Son of God the religion is in vain. Jesus testified of Himself that He is the way, the truth and the life and no one can approach the Father (same God as believed) but through Him. Rejecting Jesus is rejecting God. There can be no true worship until man believes in God and obeys the gospel of Jesus Christ. Worshiping the same God does not save. Worshiping the same God and worshiping the only Christ is the way of truth.