Let God be true, and every man a liar
So that you may be proven right when you speak, and prevail when you judge
For although we accept man’s testimony, the testimony of God is greater
Because it is the testimony of God Almighty, about his son
Now John provides a man’s testimony that is acceptable to God by saying that a man can only receive what is given to him from heaven, so therefore he freely confesses he is not the Christ, and that he is also not the bridegroom. John further provides a man’s testimony that is acceptable to God by not lying and truthfully admitting the testimony of Jesus, the Son of God Almighty, will always be greater than the testimony of John and men, because Jesus is the Lord and Jesus is the Christ and it is Jesus who is the true bridegroom of the bride New Jerusalem. For John and the sons of men are simply shadows, copies and images of the Word of God who attend the bridegroom and wait and listen for him, and become full of joy when they hear the bridegroom’s voice. And their joy will be complete when Jesus, who is the Word of God, and the new Covenant increase, and the Old Covenant, and the son of man images that represent the human ancestry in Christ decrease. For the one who comes from above is above all; and the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. Therefore the testimony of God is greater than the testimony of man, since the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, and it is God who gives the Spirit without limit. For the Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.
Now John is an accusing liar and does not provide a man’s testimony that is acceptable to God when the son of man images in the human ancestry of John in Christ attempt to take the kingdom of heaven forcefully by being adulterers, murderers, idol worshipers, perjurers, robbers and identity thieves of the name God Almighty, and are therefore considered least in the kingdom of heaven. For they went out from John, but they did not really belong to John, for if they had belonged to John, they would have remained with him; but their going showed that none of them really belonged to the faithful witnesses in John’s human ancestry in Christ who return to God Almighty in the righteousness that comes by faith and grace. For we have a true anointing from the Holy One, that is God Almighty, whose testimony is always greater than that of man, and all of us know the truth. And no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist — he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. So see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us — even eternal life. So contend with your faith, and be on your guard for those who are trying to lead you astray. The anointing you received from God Almighty by the power of the Holy Spirit remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you For this anointing teaches you about all things since it is real, not counterfeit — so remain in it and it will guide you.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
So do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. This is the one who came by water and blood — Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
We accept man's testimony, (as long as they’re not liars), but God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. So believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us — whatever we ask — we know that we have what we asked of him.
The Gospel references for “Let God Be true and Every Man A Liar” come from the first letter of John and the book of Romans.
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