For there are three that testify: 8the[a] Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. –1 John 5:7-8
No, you do not misread me. I’m staying on the same verses again today. Why? It’s simple. In yesterday’s meditation, I had a good deal to say about the phrase that is almost certainly not a part of John’s text, but I said virtually nothing about those words that are John’s.
Today, I stood outside in my yard, setting up a tent in preparation for a trip Tom and I are taking in a few weeks. As I struggled with fabric and poles, I felt the power of the sun beating onto my face and watched the wind churn up the surface of the lake. All I could do was smile as I felt God’s goodness in all this. As I stood there, nature seemed to proclaim his bounty.
I could not stand there long, as Ira and Sydney joined me, “helping” me drive pegs into the ground and unzip zippers. They giggled and squealed as they coursed into and out of the tent. Although the temperature had to be fifteen degrees higher in the tent, Ira couldn’t get enough of it, flinging his shoes off and rolling around on the floor. Again I smiled, recognizing again the goodness of God manifest in these children.
Finally, and most importantly, I felt the testimony of God’s Spirit in that moment. Although I might misinterpret the testimony of nature (the water) and living beings (the blood), I could not misunderstand the message of the Counselor. It told me of a fallen world, redeemed by a single, perfect man. With all that in play, who needs the “improvements” offered by that long-ago scribe.